attempt to resolve the biggest issues that taint our peace and bring back
inter-religious harmony in Bangladesh, Anupoma Niloya Troyee, ACWAY
representative from Bangladesh has organized three events: Interfaith
Conference: Dialogue for Peace & Harmony on the 29th and 30th of July,
2016; Essay competition with its award giving ceremony on the 30th of July,
2016; Insight programme on the 31st of July, 2016.
A Common Word
Among the Youth (ACWAY) collaborated with Gen Lab and were supported
by Right Start Foundation International and KAICIID Dialogue Centre.Event 1 : Interfaith Conference: Dialogue for Peace & Harmony, 29th and
30th July, 2016
The speakers of this conference held at the University of Dhaka were all
professors and intellectuals at the top of their respective fields.
Participation: Approximately 170 participants were
students from diverse backgrounds, including university, college, madrasa
(Islamic religious institute), Bengali medium, and English medium.
Everyone will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, write your thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. The writing can be poetry, prose, haiku, or essay-style – whatever writing form is appropriate as you express yourself. On the other side, draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express your feelings. Assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, "plant" your pinwheels outside (at the schools, museum, public places, etc.) as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. The spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country, the world!
Everyday, we are bombarded with television images, video games, music, and magazine articles/newspapers that give importance to conflict and war. Violence has become commonplace and accepted as part of our society and, for some, it is a way of life. It is our hope that through the Pinwheels for Peace project, we can make a public visual statement about our feelings about war/ peace/ tolerance/ cooperation/ harmony/ unity and, in some way, maybe, awaken the public and let them know what we are thinking.
This is not political. Peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.
In the world that has been given, it is sought out to find meaning and to come across peace. Efforts and actions have to take place in the situations in order to attain such harmony. Individuals must work with humanity, the person they are and want to be in order to achieve peace. Then peace has taken over.