Global Training of Trainers  on ‘Youth and Peace Building’


Chandigarh, Oct.03 – The five days Global Training of Trainers  on ‘Youth and Peace Building’ organised by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD – an institution of national importance by Act of Parliament)  began here today at its Regional Centre. The youth leaders from 20 countries including Bangladesh, China, Ghana, , Iran, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Uganda and India, working with national or international peace building organizations, networks, governments and the academics are participating in the programme  .


 While delivering the keynote address at the inaugural ceremony Professor (Dr.) M.M. Goel, Director RGNIYD said that the peace in every head and heart ( consumer, producer, distributor and trader) is necessary and sufficient to say no to stress, tensions and fear caused by spiritual bankruptcy and  commercialization , said Prof. Goel.


For empowering youth to create smart future, we need to make them SMART (simple, moral, action oriented, responsive and transparent) in the strict sense to be relevant for peace building, opined Professor Goel.


To provide youth with training opportunities for taking part in peace building, we have to adopt long-term approach by mobilising their capacities, energy, capabilities, and ability of adaptation to new technological trends. Youth could act as mediators, community mobilisers, humanitarian workers and peace brokers, opined the Director RGNIYD.


There is a strong case for marrying spirituality with materialism in terms of the spiritually guided materialism (SGM) strategy flowing from the epics like Bhagvad Gita which is an ism neutral religion free treatise on welfare economics and management, believes Prof. Goel.


There is a direct correlation between peace and performance of any economy ensuring intra-generation and inter-generation equity with increase in per capita income.   For building peace, we have to adopt non-violence in economics as spiritual economics to be exactly called ‘Needonomics’ (economics of needs)   and no to Greedonomics ( economics of greed)  causing violence, corruption ,terrorism and exploitation of all kinds, told Prof. Goel.


Mr.  Stanzin Dawa Regional Director and course coordinator welcomed the guests. 

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