Peace Gong Peace Festival in Wayanad
A Peace Festival was conducted at Kalpetta SKM J High school, co organized by AFRC INDIA (Academic Forum for Research & Communication), SKMJ HS, Farook College Kozhikkode, Peace Gong Kerala and Lakshadweep bureaus.
During the one day conference, children assembled at the school interacted with the children participating in a similar event in United Nations Information Centre, New Delhi and discussed on the need for peaceful coexistence with nature and environment protection with children drawn from across the nation. During the week of Peace Festival cildren organized seminars, discussions, reality check, field trips and street plays.
The program, representing Kerala was held as part of peace initiatives being organized all over India. UN Information Centre director Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, Rabindranth Tagore Foundation chairman Prof. TK Thomas, and students communicated with the children during the video conferencing. The children raised the need for including environmental protection as part of curriculum, and also discussed on the need of children working together for world peace and nature protection.
An exhibition of films made by award winning TV journalist and Peace Gong adviser Mr. Shameer Machingal on the theme of global peace and non violence was also organized during the event. Mr. Shameer led a discussion on “The role of media in molding a peaceful world” with the children from different schools of Wayanad and Peace Gong bureau members.
A poster competition was also done on peace and nature earlier at the school. Students conducted reality check and field visits. They have made in-depth studies on how man made interventions adversely affected nature. The causes for man animal conflict were also discussed.
The conference was led by Peace Gong India chief editor Miss Ramsheena. The event had a blazing start with the inauguration of Peace Gong Lakshadweep by the Islands` bureau chief Miss Beebi Azoora. the international children`s radio network Radijojo and Global Green Kids movement in a radio message congratulated the children of Wayanad and shared views on global peace. Peace Gong national coordinators and AFRC INDIA founders Anil Emage and Laila Saein, SKMJ High School principal PB Sreenivasan, Anil Kumar MK, Krishnakumar MP, Rama Mani MC, Bijujen , Harikrishnan, Reja, Sheik, Shabna spoke at the event.