Peace Channel

Contact Information

  • Where - India (Asia)
  • Website - www.peacechannel.in
  • Contact Person - Revd. C. Paul Anto
  • Email - cpanto@gmail.com
  • Address - Bishop’s House, Dimapur Nagaland, 79712, India
  • Other - peacechannel05@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise

The Peace Channel movement has expertise in a range of areas, including:

Main Aims and Objectives

The objectives of the Peace Channel movement are to:

  • Bring together people, especially youth, to work individually and collectively to promote peace and harmony in their immediate neighbourhood – under the banner of the ‘Peace Channel’ – and strive towards universal peace, justice and equality;
  • Explore strategies of peacebuilding and development by working together on socio-economic, cultural, educational and environmental issues;
  • Promote human rights and peace education in educational institutions, families and communities;
  • Organize peace and human rights development activities involving children, youth and parents;
  • Mobilize individuals from various walks of life as associate members of the movement, to assist and mobilize public support for peace and development;
  • Foster partnerships with educational institutions, parents’ associations and peoples’ organizations at the community level to promote peace and human rights education;
  • Promote inter-ethnic, inter-cultural, interfaith and inter-religious harmony;
  • Promote and support role-models of peace educators, educational institutions integrating peace and human education, plus peace human rights activists.

Upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation

The Peace Channel mainly works with children and youth in the region, encouraging youth to take the initiative to create a peaceful environment in the family, educational institutions and unorganized sectors of society. The Peace Channel works to transform the culture of violence into a culture of peace through various programmes and initiatives. Whenever Peace Channel members come together, they celebrate peace through a seven step programme which includes meditation, conflict transformation methods, skill development and leadership promotion. The Peace Channel has settled a number of long lasting conflicts in the state between different tribes and communities.

Where and with Whom?

The Peace Channel is a youth peace movement, aiming to transform individuals into peace lovers, peacemakers and peace promoters; thereby leading people from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. The movement focuses primarily on mobilizing youth in educational institutions and local communities to join Peace Clubs, which bring together young people – irrespective of caste or creed – to stand for peace and harmony in their immediate neighbourhood.

The Peace Channel facilitates training and capacity building programmes for the members on a regular basis, keeping them connected and active through a host of district and state level programmes and cultural exchanges. In addition, the PC reaches out to the adults by garnering support from local leaders, bureaucrats and teachers through an associate membership programme. Associate members are the lead as well as resource persons for the movement in addressing local issues and guiding the youth.

Taking the message of Peace to the general masses, the movement has set up ‘The Peace Band’ – a concert team of musicians and performers – who travel around communities and institutions. Furthermore, through the annual peace awards, the Peace Channel honours individuals who have contributed towards peace promotion and peace education in Nagaland and in the states of North East India.

Main Activities in the Field of Conflict Transformation

Key initiatives of the Peace Channel include:

  • Establishing Peace Clubs in educational institutions, local communities and villages;
  • Peace and Development Awareness programmes;
  • Peace Channel Music Band;
  • Leadership training programme and skill development;
  • Training of media persons on peace journalism;
  • Inter-faith/inter-religious conclaves;
  • Regional youth peace cultural festivals and peace awards;
  • Advocacy for introducing Peace Education in schools;
  • Research on traditional and modern conflict resolution methods in ethnic communities.

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