Peace building, peace promotion and peace education are long term and multifaceted endeavors. Building sustainable peace requires specific skills in diplomacy and conflict resolution, but it also implies implementing ambitious educational processes for future generations. Promoting sustainable peace involves teaching; learning and transmitting a set of values that help transcend political, social, racial and religious differences that, today, are often at the origin of conflicts.
The current project of Caritas Pakistan’s on “Peace Building Initiatives for Conflict Prevention, Interfaith and Social Harmony in Pakistan” is addressing the underlying causes of conflict to initiate social transformation process and empowering civil society institutions, youth, children and community members to act as actors of change. We consider conflict prevention as an integral part of our efforts to help communities reduce poverty, promote economic growth and improve people’s lives, in the context of sustainable development. Through this project we intend to promote a culture of conflict prevention in our work with communities. The goal of this project is to build a society where people choose nonviolent means to achieve greater justice and sustainable development.
The project is designed by keeping in view that the sustainable peace and harmony can only emerge when people feel that the peace process is their own and not eternally imposed. We believe that strategies and initiatives to address conflict should generally be locally derived. The project will focus to build on capacities that already exist at the grassroots level, not duplicate or displace locally developed initiatives.
The project also aims to improve the social conditions in the country in order to facilitate positive social transformation by involving communities, civil society organizations, youth and media at the diocesan level by building local capacities. It is designed to provide students and young leaders with the opportunity to obtain a unique and in-depth perspective on the realities facing in Pakistan by engaging in dialogue, cultural exchange, peace building awareness with local communities.
The activities are designed to involve youth, women, students, teachers, religious scholars, journalists, government & non-government officials and civil society representatives who can play a vital role in promotion of social harmony in target areas which can result in bringing peace and development among the target communities. The project activities include workshops, meetings, TOT, awareness programs, involvement of school children, teachers and youth, peace education for families, meditation and reflection sessions, peace walk, international peace day celebration, involvement of media, animation, candle vigils, peace convention, women programs, and documentaries and movies.