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The Peace Gong Article- and Poster-making competition on Peace
an article by The Peace Gong

Ahimsa Trust, New Delhi and the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, New Delhi are initiating The Peace Gong Article Writing & Poster making Competition on Conflict Resolution for school students. The aim of the competition is to promote critical thinking abilities amongst children on non-violent methods of resolving conflicts; understand the causes and impact of conflicts in their own communities and how resolution of these conflicts leads to a culture of peace.



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The context of the competition: even as the world is hungering for peace, we find conflicts at different levels which affect not only individuals, but families, communities and nations. Conflicts can be resolved in either way violently or non-violently. Resolving conflicts non-violently is the basis of building a culture of peace.

The Organizers: Ahimsa Trust aims at creating peace and harmony within oneself, one's family and in society. It aims to spread the ethics of peace and non-violence through alliances and programmes. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation is a think tank of academicians and practitioners. As part of its media and information literacy initiative, it brings out The Peace Gong, the children's newspaper. The Peace Gong aims to build bridges of friendship amongst children of the world promoting peace and non-violence. The International Partner is Radijojo World Children’s Media Network

The theme of the article-writing competition is "Resolving conflict in your community through non- violence." For age group 1 (12-14 years of age), the word limit is 400 words. For age group 2 (15- 18 years of age, the word limit is 800 words. The article cannot be a work of fiction.

The theme of the poster-making competition is "Peace in oneself, Peace in the World." Poster format should be A3 size.

Entries should be sent until November 14, 2012 which is celebrated at Children's Day.

All participants will be given certificates. Different Prizes, books and other recognition will be given to the winners in both categories. The winning entries will be featured in a special edition of The Peace Gong, the children's newspaper on conflict resolution. A book and an eBook on the best of entries will also be published by the organizers.

Details of the competitions are available at: www.ahimsatrust. org and The Peace-gong facebook page. Any query related to the competitions can be addressed to Prof T K Thomas, peacegongcompetitions@gmail.com.

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Peace-building Stories, literacy development with peace-building

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The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation www.tlpeace.org.au not only encourages the sharing of good peace-building stories but the writing of them. Reading development for children occurs when they are exposed to good stories but if those stories also contain peace-building elements then they are also exposed to the language of peace-building and an associated consciousness lift can result. This peace-building language can be patterned when they begin writing their own stories and as a consequence to being instilled into their consciousness, peace-building can become a natural way of thinking and operating. Peace-building stories also present strong peace-building characters who enact peace-building principles often becoming heroes to the children. One example is the Gandhi like character in Herb the Vegeterian Dragon as he chooses peaceful resistance when issues arise. Literacy development and peace-building can occur together.


This report was posted on October 6, 2012.