Meet the propagators of peace
Breaking out of competition and one-upmanship that has permeated every sphere of our lives, Play for Peace is an attempt to bring people together, heal rifts and build communities. Through creative games and fun-filled hours, we can rediscover the joy of playing together through carefully designed win-win games
Breaking out of competition and one-upmanship that has permeated every sphere of our lives, Play for Peace is an attempt to bring people together, heal rifts and build communities. Through creative games and fun-filled hours, we can rediscover the joy of playing together through carefully designed win-win games - that do not pit one against the other. These games under the name Play for Peace also build friendships/compassion, concentration, confidence and work as stress-busters.
To effectively tackle and respond intelligently to violence Play for Peace was held at Our Sacred Space on Wednesday. The event noted the presence of the director Sarah Gough from the United States, Andres Armas from Guatemala, and Swati Bhatt and Agyatmitra, founder members of Peace Leadership And Young people (PLAY).
The workshop would included the processes that would render a person, the skills to respond intelligently to violence. Speaking about the workshop and its aim to propagate peace in the society, the director said, “Play for Peace is like a vaccination for violence. Conflict is always going to happen, but if you are in Play for Peace then you have the life skills you need to see conflict as an opportunity to connect, learn and create a new way of doing things. Violence doesn’t have to be a part it.”
Sarah Gough has been working with youth in diverse settings since 20 years. Involved with Play for Peace since 2001, Sarah co-authored ‘Peacecircles’ and has facilitated training and workshops in experiential peace education around the world. Through Sarah’s leadership, Play for Peace has grown to include thousands of children, youth and adults in over 20 countries.
Andres Armas has collaborated with youth leadership and educational projects in Guatemala for over 14 years. He is a training and team-building consultant for universities, international schools, businesses organisations including PeaceCorps, USAID, University of San Carlos and Childfund International. He is committed to creating and maintaining peace in his conflict-ridden country through strengthening local capacity for leadership, violence prevention, development and peace.
Swati Bhatt and Agyatmitra have worked as experiential educators for over 14 years. They are the founder members of PLAY (Peace Leadership And Young people), conducting trainings for youth, children and organisations across India and working to ensure child right and inclusive education for marginalised communities. Agyatmitra is also an experiential educator facilitating program for organisation on a range of topics including team building, leadership, campus to corporate understanding conflict, cultural diversity and ownership.