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Towards empowering youth

Here are two courses that will help you understand Gandhian values and enable you to apply them in your life.

Gandhi Peace Foundation, Madras, organises two courses this year to empower youth in understanding the relevance of a non-violent approach to resolve conflicts and undertake micro actions for peace based on Gandhian values.

A course on Micro Peace Actions based on Gandhian values

Join a 52-week course on ‘Action for Peace'. Students of Stds. VI-XII are eligible.

Dear children,

Have you heard the story of ‘Actman'? From childhood, Actman was acting but never acted. He would be seen doing something but never did. He went to school but never did/ He studied but never studied. Whenever his father gave him work, he would act as if he did but never did. One day he was suffering from an illness which even expert doctors could not diagnose. They said he seemed to have some disease but were not sure what it was. They could not cure him! Actman thought about it. He found that his body was trained by himself to ‘act' functioning but not to function really. So the digestive system failed because it was trained by him to ‘act' digest, but not digest. He found the medicine he needed. He stopped ‘acting' and started working. Micro actions brought peace to him and to others also. This holistic action brought him new energy that cured him.

This is a course that helps you to start a ‘Youth forum for micro peace actions' in your school and build a peaceful environment. Gandhiji was a man of action. He was always busy doing something for the welfare of all. Let us join the Mahatma.

You have to undertake a micro action by doing what you and others would find happiness and peace. Enrol your friends also and share the experiences with us (on an A-4 sheet, one page) in the given format.

Send your lesson by email to reach us before Sunday morning every week. The first lesson has to reach us on June 26. One contribution would be published in the subsequent issue of Young World. Those who send 52 lessons would be awarded a certificate signed by the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Madras and The Hindu Young World. Simultaneously a group from GPF, Madras will organise get-togethers in various schools on Saturdays between 8 a.m. to11a.m.

Format in which your lesson has to be prepared:

a. The micro action chosen; b. The aim of that action in relation to peace;

c. Narration of the action in the form of a story; d. A quote in relation to the action;

e. An anecdote from Gandhiji's life which makes your action relevant; f. A quiz related to the action or lives of great people who believed in that action; g. An illustration to explain your view points; h. Suggestions to students and teachers; i. Names of your team members and school address; j. You need not fulfil all of the above mentioned..

Course On Gandhian Thought:

This is an open-book examination on My Experiments with Truth (Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi). Students will get a copy of the book and a questionnaire with space allotted for the answers. This is a simple exercise that helps them understand Gandhian values better and explore the relevance of applying them to their life.

Course On Peace Education:

This is an open-book examination on Peace Education based on Gandhian Values (compilation of the 52 lessons that appeared in The Hindu-Young World last year). This is a simple, joyful and creative exercise that would empower them as leaders who can promote a culture of peace. Students will get a copy of the book and a questionnaire with space allotted for the answers.

How to join?

Students of Stds. VI to XII are eligible. Each student has to pay Rs.200 for each course to the school principal and register. The principal will send the amont to GPF by D.D. drawn in favour of “Gandhi Peace Foundation, Madras” after deducting 10 per cent towards expenses incurred on or before July 15.

The books with questionnaire will reach the school on or before July 30.

The answer papers will have to reach GPF on or before August 15.

Certificates for those who pass the exam would be sent to the schools on or before September 15.

Ten best answer sheets from each course will be selected and the 20 students will be awarded on the Gandhi Jayanthi day convention on October 2.

For further information contact : Dr. S. Kulandaisamy, Secretary, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Madras, 332, Ambujammal Street, Alwarpet,Chennai- 600 018, India. Phone: 044-24993839/ 9962479005. .

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