The Global Assembly of Youth for Peace is an opportunity for the youth to actively participate in the process of creating lasting peace in the world. We are celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's birthday in Dehradun wherein we are inviting the young people to share their ideas and views on global peace.
Main values of the Global Assembly of Youth for Peace are :
a. Creating an atmosphere of empathy, understanding and respect so that the youth feels free to share their perspectives freely. We want to facilitate the young people to direct their thoughts and energies towards much needed process of creating peace in the world.
b. Encouraging proactive citizenship.
c. According to Mahatma Gandhi, 'truth and non-violence' are as old as hills. We want to encourage the youth to critically analyse the importance and relevance of these two principles.
MUNPlanet: This assembly is organized in partnership with the United Nations which is a huge achievement. Could you offer some advice to aspiring organizers in our community?
We have a partnership with International Confederation of NGOs in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers. We think that the partnership is not a huge achievement, huge achievement for us dwelling in the heart of someone; acts of charity, kindness and brotherhood that are done with consistency which make a lasting impact on lives of people. Having a purpose that is bigger than the self and living it daily is another big achievement.
MUNPlanet: The fact that the assembly is taking place in the most ancient civilization in the world is something that makes it stand out. Could you tell us more about the assembly’s history? How did it come to be?
We are organising this assembly for the first time but we believe that it has the potential to create history. It came into existence after connecting with youth from different parts of the world who showed interest in visiting India and in knowing more about the cultural heritage of our country.
Yes indeed! Schools are the places that shape the heart and minds of people. Schools will be able to leverage the emotional intelligence of the young minds and this will also enhance the self esteem of the young people, there will be a sharp decline in the youth related crimes and teachers will feel better about their jobs. In fact teachers will enjoy their job and will feel excited to go to school every day. Research says that most teachers do not like their job and they are overburdened with the task of corrections and examinations. Schools can become more of education centres and less of examination centres if this approach of education is fostered. When a child grows up with enhanced self esteem and positive feelings s/he will become a better parent and in turn foster global peace.
MUNPlanet: Young people give more importance and value to learning and growth than just simple leisure. What are the most important things the participants will learn at the assembly?
b. Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (http://www.wihg.res.in/)
c. Dehardun - Mussoorie trek (http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/mussoorie.php)
MUNPlanet: How can the role of technology and new communities such as MUNPlanet affect the future of youth activism?