Jai Jagat 2020 is a global campaign and a moving school to inspire and mobilise next generation leaders based on a vision of ahimsa (non-violence). Watch again this series of Webinars organised by the campaign to build capacities for justice and peace!
The core vision of Jai Jagat is to create a space where groups and movements can come together to make change nonviolently and address issues related to justice and peace. The urgency of having such convergence is to change global public opinion to enhance the emergence of an alternative development process that is pro-people, pro-poor and pro-nature.
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Peace Education in Conflict Areas
On 10th June, peace educators from across the world came together to exchange their learnings and challenges from their peace building processes in conflict-prone areas. Attendees were able to learn some key lessons from the historical Quaker’s movement and the Catalonia’s nonviolent struggle for self-determination in his relation with Gandhi´s legacy. The director of the Malekzadeh Peace Museum of Iran, shared a bit on the history of the museum and how they have promoted art to peace. We also got to know about the work of “Peace & Community Action”, an organization which promotes conflict resolution and nonviolence in Sri Lanka; as well as “Cooperación Otra Escuela” based in Colombia and Spain, working for several years on peace education through art and ludic activities.
Slow Peace: Methods and Techniques for Teachers
Slow Peace is a concept coined by a group of women educators in Canada to describe their pedagogical approaches and practices for peace. It “grows out of an engagement with Gandhian principles and Rob Nixon’s understanding of slow violence. We begin with key Gandhian concepts such as equality, ahimsa, non-possession, non-exploitation, trusteeship, violence and nonviolence”. On 13th June we had the opportunity to hear from their lively voices, how they have put this model into practice, and what have been the main challenges in the process.
Learning Peace through Exhibits, Arts and Artefacts
This session explores how people learn about peace and justice through museums and artifacts. The broader topic of the essential role that all forms of creative expression play (visual, media, dance, music, performative etc.) in providing a space that allows us to imagine a better future, is a backdrop for this discussion. Our topic explores exhibitions and museum spaces in areas of gender, poverty, genocide and peace.
The session is facilitated by Kathrin Winkler, an art educator from Canada and Goharik Tigranyan, researcher of education policies from Armenia. Speakers include Shibani Ghosh, who runs a well-attended school program at the Museum School in Bhopal in India, Elma Hasimbegovic (Director of the History Museum Bosnia&Herzegovina), Sotheray Yim, (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum,Cambodia) shared ideas on how they eduate for peace while exploring memories of genocide and civilian devastation. Sharing how exhibitions are created and realized in the Women and Culture Regional Museum in Furth, Germany, Gabriele Franger highlighted how women’s museums can be spaces for positive action for gender equity and learning. Fran Wilde, artist and peace educator, spoke about her work in organizing experiences that bring us further on the path of hope.
Youth Promoting Refugee and Climate Justice
Facilitated by Isabelle Meylan-Vidal, a community activist from Switzerland, and Arpineh Galfayan, an environmental activist and educator from Armenia, the webinar explored the various ways young people engage in climate crisis which is directly related to the issue of immigrants and refugees.
The young activists from México, France, Switzerland and Canada, shared their individual journeys to social activism and spoke of the activities within the organizations and movements they have founded or are associated with; their motivation to become activists; and the challenges they face. In the discussions that followed individual presentations, they gave examples of success stories of the impacts of their protests and interventions, and also discussed the importance of localization and how to engage more young people and students towards activism. The issue of universities as an open space for a more engaging education system that relates to the students' experience of the real world around them and their role to support these youth initiatives was also discussed.
Inner Peace: Music, Mindfulness, Yoga and Wellbeing
There is a direct relationship between inner peace and its results in the outer environment, and harnessing this power can go a long way in enabling us to help transform society. In the final webinar of this series, we discussed and explored techniques to harness the incredible power of inner peace through music, mindfulness, yoga, dance, and various cultural and artistic techniques, to thereby unite people with a force that is gentle yet very powerful.
Janmejay Singh (India) as the facilitator, Wallapa van Willenswaard (Thailand), Mikael Peric (Brazil), Tinatin Asatiani (Georgia), Seonagh Kummer (USA) and Gauri Kulkarni (India) came together to bring their personal and diverse experiences on how they have connected their inner-force when it comes to their activism and social transformation.
Day long conference “DEVELOPING A GENERATION OF NONVIOLENT LEADERS”
The Jai Jagat campaign is enabling people from the grassroots and youth to use nonviolence to gain visibility on issues of injustice for the wider society.
There are many kinds of leaders: thought-leaders; leaders in the scientific and technology fields; spiritual and religious leaders; entrepreneurs and innovators; social and civil society representatives; political leaders and so forth. There are also dominating styles of leadership; most of which emanate from the political and economic fields and they shape our ideas of what is ‘effective’ leadership. Many political leaders are making economic decisions that have global impact; there is a perceived sense of their power, and it effects the way people conform and carry out other forms of leadership.
The Jai Jagat campaign is building capacities for peace leadership and enabling people from the grassroots and youth to use nonviolence to gain visibility on issues of injustice for the wider society. Jai Jagat is also developing capacities of leaders at the community level as well as influencing educators and thought leaders. One of the new leadership styles being proposed are those that can transform the cycle of violence. This involves rebuilding the public trust, resolving conflicts, practicing inclusion and fairness, fostering trust and respect. To address all these ideas, this Day-long conference deals with three thematic areas sequentially on movement leadership, community leaders and leadership modeled through formal and informal learning. This concludes in the final session on future leadership.
Speakers: Maya Soetoro-Ng (USA), Shashi Tharoor (India), Rajagopal PV (India) and Jill Carr-Harris (India/Canada).
Building Leadership for Social Movements
Speakers: Salil Shetty (India), Gustav Massiah (France), Antonio (Tony) Quizon (Philippines), Maji Peterx (Nigeria), Bernard Dreano (France), Ian Bray (UK) and Ramesh Sharma (India).
Developing Community Leadership
Speakers: Jagat Basnet (Nepal) Sonia Deotto (Mexico/Italy), Aggie Kalungu-Banda (UK/Zambia), Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), Annie Luk (Canada) and Martin Kalungu-Banda (UK/Zambia).
Speakers: Reva Joshee (Canada) Luis Huetra-Charles (USA/Mexico), Salima Ibrahim-Khan (Canada), Urvashi Sahni (India) and Fatima Hendricks (South Africa).
Looking at Emerging Nonviolent Leaders in Future
Speakers : Arsen Kharatyan (Armenia), Ela Gandhi (South Africa), Liz Theoharis (USA), Pietro Ameglio (Mexico) and Jill Carr-Harris (India/Canada).
ilc-jai jagat fellowship 2020
In the framework of Jai Jagat, Ekta Parishad and ILC launched in November 2019 the Jai Jagat 2020 Fellowship with nine young fellows from ILC members from Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the first phase of the programme, fellows spent 21 days in India learning the principles of the Jai Jagat philosophy, interacting with communities and marching with other activists from around the world.
NINE YOUNG LEADERS FROM THE ILC NETWORK ARE MARCHING FOR A BETTER FUTURE WITH THE ILC-JAI JAGAT 2020 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME.
Discover the lessons fellows learned during the experience, especially during exchanges with leaders of non-violent social movements.
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