" Bhutan Scouts Association charts the course of action for 2017- MoP Initiative"
Every day all over the world, young people are engaged in peace building efforts in big and small ways.. Young people are building bridges across communities, working together, educating each other, and helping to manage conflict and promote peace.
These initiatives often go unnoticed, but young people are vital stakeholders in conflict and in peace building and they have the potential to act as community leaders in peace building, reconciliation, and post conflict reconstruction.
Since youth understand their own potential as individuals, respect their differences, and find their commonalities, the National MoP Coordinator conducted a two day meet with the staff of Bhutan Scouts Association chaired by the Chief Commissioner on 27 and 28 October 2016. the meeting was organized to chart the next course of action for spreading the message of peace initiatives to the rest of the districts in Bhutan for 2017.
NSO MoP Coordinator organized the meet to discuss the roles and responsibilities of young people (both scouts and non-scouts) in peace building activities. The meeting came out with two important things.
1. What young people as an individual can do in their daily lives to build peace. The following suggested individual activities were some of the things that they could do on their own to build peace:
• Help in toning down an argument at home or at school
• Saying hello to people they wouldn't usually talk to
• Put litter in the trash; recycle when you can!
• Share with your siblings and with your friends
• Help people in the neighborhood with yard work or grocery shopping, if they need help
• Watch or read the news to stay up to date on important issues
• Talk to your family and to your classmates about global issues that matter to you
• Write a letter of thanks/encouragement to our troops
• Share your culture and learn about different cultures
• Practice cooperating by participating in team-building sports or projects
• Challenge your own perceptions! Talk to someone with a different point of view
• Tutor or mentor younger children
• Attend a summer camp that focuses on peace and conflict management,
• Watch documentaries and other films to learn more about important global issues/things a class/club can do together to build peace (special projects).
2. What the Districts could do in a group:
• Plant or tend a community garden
• Hold a fund raising event, carnival, Walk, Olympic Peace Games, or other event to raise money for a charity that works on issues that are important to you
• Raise awareness about an important global issue through a movie screening or a play or a display of art work at your school
• Find volunteer opportunities in the local community, or projects that can have a global reach, like preparing care packages for troops overseas, collecting books for needy schools, etc.
• Connect with a school in another country to learn more about that culture and to help provide support if there's a need
• Host a series of guest speakers at the school and then write a short book (or a speech) about what you learned, and share it with others
• Make a poster about peace building and share it throughout the community
• Do a project to research a range of peace builders from the present and the past, and have a "social" where each person dresses and acts like their selected peace builder, to learn about each other
• Practice resolving conflict peacefully through role plays