Peace Workshops Held at Schools in Delhi, India
In 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) Education Division launched a "Peace In Action" program in St. Columba's School in New Delhi, with an aim of sensitizing students to violence, including passive violence, and equipping them with skills to deal with the violence. Between August 2008 and January 2009, a series of workshops and film screenings took place in the all-boys school.
On November 10, 2008, BSG Education Division members conducted a workshop on bullying for some 250 students. Activities included a game in which a Wall of Violence and Wall of Nonviolence were created. Participants had to quickly decide whether a given action, written on a card, was violent or nonviolent, and then run to the appropriate wall. In addition, discussions on physical, verbal and mental violence were held. Children shared their personal experiences of how they felt when they were the "victims" or "perpetrators" of acts of violence. On December 12, BSG Education Division organized a follow-up workshop titled "Breaking the Chain of Violence." Students learned how reacting violently to conflict continues the chain of violence.
[Adapted from an article in the January 2009 issue of the Value Creation, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG); photo courtesy of BSG]