Conference on Role of Students in Peace Narrative concludes at SALU Khairpur

By: Adeel Alvi
KHAIRPUR : The Conference on Role of Students in Peace Narrative concluded jointly organized by the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur and Centre for Health & Gender Equality (CHANGE),Lahore. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided over the session while Mr. Saifullah Abro, Deputy Commissioner, Khairpur was the chief guest.

Talking to the participants, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said that peace is a part of positive activism. Peace comes from the inner core of the hearts. The core responsibility for the promotion of peace is concerned with the teachers and parents. It is our collective duty to fight against the menace of terrorism and evil forces. Dr. Ibupoto said we have to produce intellectuals who could preach the soft message of peace in the society. Dr. Ibupoto accorded special thanks to Mr. Saifullah Abro who spared his precious time to grace the event. He also acknowledged the efforts of CHANGE for the promotion of peace narrative among the teachers, students and staff at the campus as part of capacity building for peace narrative.

Mr. Saifullah Abro said there are four principles for the promotion of peace. Inclusiveness is very essential to take on board all the stakeholders. Protection of right is another principle for the promotion of peace by which we protect the fundamental rights of the people. Efficient service delivery is also principle by which we deliver efficiently for public at large. The forth pillar is development. The judicious development will provide progress on the basis of merit. He said in the absence of these four principles, there is absence of peace. He said there are different threats to peace, weak service delivery, sectarianism, terrorism and crime are major challenges impeding in the way of peace.

Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences briefed about the peace project. He said 10 students mobilization seminars related to peace were held in various departments. 2 Two-Days peace narrative trainings conducted with 48 Faculty Members of different departments. Two-Day trainings conducted with 24 hostel administration staff while 3 three-days trainings were conducted with 72 male and female hostel students. facilitated the faculty, hostel staff and students to design the quality actions around peace.27 social action plan carried out i.e. seminars, mushaira, peace walk, cultural program, signature campaign were held.

Prof. Dr. Agha Nadia, Director Institute of Gender Studies talked on the Role of Women in Peace Building. She said women are the pioneer of peace because they train their children about the social values, peace and tolerance. She said peace is the outcome of positive mindset. We are striving to promote the soft message of peace in our institution with enthusiasm. Women has contributed positively in the promotion of peace worldwide.

Mr. Khadim Hussain Mirani, Executive Director Bhittai Social Watch & Advocacy (BSWA) talked on Role of Civil Society for Engaging Youth in Peace Promotion. Mr. Mirani shed light on the significance of peace. He said in the capacity of civil society activist, we have settled disputes in our area, provided health and education facilities to the people.

Syed Akbar Shah, Station Director, Radio Pakistan Khairpur talked on the Role of Radio in Peace Process. He said Radio Pakistan has widely propagated the message of peace and unity. We firmly believe in ethical values. The media is playing positive role in the peace building.
Mr. Mumtaz Hussain, Executive Director CHANGE accorded vote of thanks to the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Commissioner, Khairpur and the guests speakers. He said we are striving to promote the basic concept of peace and the capacity building of the youth across the country because educational institutions and youth could play decisive role in the promotion of tolerant and peaceful campuses.
Mr. Ali Raza Lashari conducted the proceedings of the program. Appreciation shields were distributed among the organizers and guests.

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