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International Youth Programme on Non-violence in September

Informational Memo No. 2

The International Youth Training Program (IYP) on Nonviolence will host around 35 young people from 15 countries across the globe. Between the 5th and 22nd of September the participants will interact on they currently use nonviolence as a strategy for social mobilization in their countries. The IYP youth will begin in the southern city of Madurai and then to move to Katni and Bhopal.

The main objective of the IYP is to gain greater insight into Gandhian principles, and to interact with nonviolence as a way of life in addition to being a strategy for action. Through a variety of learning situations including in-classroom presentations, field visits and participation in grassroots action, these programs will expose participants to grassroots villagers practicing their land and livelihood based struggles nonviolently.

The International Youth Program on nonviolence is being hosted  by CESCI Center  (Center for Educational, Socialand Cultural Initiatives) in Madurai, Tamilnaduand MJVS (Manav Jeevan Vikas Samiti) in Katni, Madhya Pradesh, and Ekta Foundation Trust in Gandhi Bhawan in Bhopal.

CESCI Center in Madurai, the location between September 5th through 9th is a training center that was set based on nonviolence. Its construction demonstrates its philosophy through the panoply simple mud brick buildings set amidst well-maintained gardens in a rustic atmosphere. On the campus besides twenty double occupancyroomswith an adjoiningdiningarea, there is an amphitheatre, library, and meeting halls.

It also houses the Institute for Gandhian International Peace and Nonviolence which offers a year long online course on Gandhi and nonviolence, and produces a quarterly journal.

The first of the three components of the IYP is the actual course in CESCI will run for six days covering such topics as: a) an introduction to Indian development; b) introducing Gandhi and nonviolence; c) looking at inner peace as a condition for outer peace; d) taking up nonviolence (as opposed to violence) as a tool for social mobilization; e) putting forward the nonviolent education, and f) economy, and finally referring to g) Global Gandhi and networking internationally using nonviolent solidarity networks.

The second component is field visits in villages in and around Bhopal to illustrate nonviolence in people’s development and the third, will be an experience of a training of workers as a demonstration. These three components will be synthesized in a final debriefing.
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