Peace Channel Initiatives

Secretariate of Peace Channel
Peace Channel is an initiative of the Diocese of Kohima and it is registered under Home Ministry, Government of Nagaland on 29th May 2009 with the registration number – H/RS/5412. Peace Channel is aiming at the transformation of individuals to become peace lovers, peacemakers and peace promoters – leading people from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. Founded on 21st September 2005, the Movement focuses primarily on mobilizing the youth in educational institutions and localities to into Peace Clubs. The Peace Clubs are fundamental functional bodies of the movement that brings together young people irrespective of caste or creed to stand for peace and harmony in their immediate neighborhood.

The Movement facilitates training and capacity building programmes for the members on a regular basis and keep them connected and active through a host of district and state level programmes and cultural exchanges. The movement further reaches out to the adults by way of garnering support of the local leaders, bureaucrats and teachers through 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 localities and institutions with musical concert and street play on relevant themes. Further-through the annual peace awards-the movement honours individuals who have contributed towards peace promotion and peace education in Nagaland. The Annual Youth Peace Festival and Peace rally brings together thousands of youth in sharing ideas and culture. Interfaith consultations and State Level Peace Seminars bring together fine minds from various religions and walks of life in discussion on issues relating to peace and harmony in the region.

The movement, since its introduction in Nagaland in 2006, has grown in leaps and bounds. By far through this project around 10000 students are regularly holding peace club activities in 120 schools in Nagaland and neighboring states. These students are member to 220 Peace Clubs in those schools/communities. Members of Peace club regularly undergo a transformative and participatory learning process, identify local issues and act on them at their levels. Besides installing peace clubs in educational institutions and communities the project has also benefitted around 20,000 youths through capacity building programmes, vocational Training programmes, seminars, sharing workshops, career and life skill development programmes, job placement, and peace band shows.

Youth Empowerment Initiatives
Since the time of its inception, the movement under the aegis of the diocese of Kohima has been in the forefront of empowering the youth especially from the marginalized and deprived sections of the society. A host of capacity building programmes on various youth related issues, career guidance and educational placements has been undertaken or facilitated by the movement particularly for the youth of the state.

More recently, sensing the urgent need for a comprehensive approach towards capacitating the youth, the movement has initiated a number of vocational training programmes and professional courses under its new wing called the ‘the Centre for Integrated Skill Development and Employment.’ These initiative include:

Nursery & Primary Teacher Diploma Course
The nursery and primary Teachers’ Diploma Course is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development through the DBTech Centre, New Delhi. The course intends to equip High School graduates with essential skills to be a trained teacher in the kindergarten and primary classes. With the duration of three months with 600 hours theoretical as well as practical sessions the course seeks to comprehensively cover 60% of the curriculum offered by professional universities the respective streams.

Modern Office Management and Front Desk Certificate Course and Diploma in Computer Applications
Sensing the need for trained personnel particularly in the field of office management, computer and front desk, the course is designed to prepare youth with skills that would enable them to be gainfully employed. This course too is organized in collaboration with the ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. The course focuses on developing language skills along with required soft skills and computer automation as well as basic accounting skills as required by various business houses and commercial enterprises of the region.

Diploma Course in Music & Performing Arts
The North East Region of India is known for its particular affinity to music and performing arts. Apart from a number of tribal dance and music forms, it also boasts of international standard music bands and musicians in Western Music. The Course, under the Functional Vocational Training and Research Society,(FVTRS) Bangalore India, provides training in Guitar, Keyboard , Cultural Dance, Fusion, Choreography and Magic. It has been designed particularly for the school dropout youth of the region with a vision to introduce performing arts and music as a gainful vocation among the talented youth.

Master of Social Work (MSW) under the Nagaland University
Social Work, as a profession has been attracting a lot of young people while making their career choices. The profession, though became an academic subject in the early part of the last century, the subject has been limited comparatively few universities and colleges. The sudden spurt in the professional education scenario in India in the later part of the last century gave boost to social work education too. However, in the north east India, like the other professional courses, Social Work too was introduced rather recently. However, there are hundreds of youth opting for the course but with the limited number of colleges and seats, a formidable number of them go to the mainland India institutions for pursuing their course. In this regard, it should also be noted that while the courses offered by the colleges outside north east are at par with national and international standards, the approaches are often based on the social situations in the particular states or region. This, more often than not, is not replicable in the scenario of the North Eastern states which have a distinct identity and culture than that of the rest of India. It is in this background that the Peace Channel, under the guidance and patronage of the Diocese of Kohima, initiated the first ever MSW college in Nagaland offering specialization in Peace and Conflict Transformation as well as Youth Development.

Certificate Courses in Social Work and Community Work related subjects and techniques
The courses are particularly designed for professionals from the respective fields to hone up their skills and techniques and better their performance. The courses also seek to highlight the specific needs of the societies that needs to be served in the context of the regional and tribal diversity that exists. Some of the courses are designed in collaboration with the local universities and institutions while more of such courses are on the anvil in collaboration with the national and international universities and institutions

Short Term Skill Building Training Programmes for Teachers
The Centre has been reaching out to train the teachers in the schools for last six years. We have completed over 25 such trainings and covered around 898 teachers in the region. Thus short term up skilling programmes for employed teachers seeks to equip the teachers with the necessary skills and certify them.