“Inclusion, Interfaith & Sustaining Peace” Training in Chattogram
Training of Trainers (TOT) on “Strengthening Inclusion, Interfaith and Sustaining Peace” jointly organized by Y Coalition & SDGYF under Faith in the Commonwealth Program of The Commonwealth & Khalili Foundation in National Institute of Technology, Muradpur, Chattogram.Starting from 28th December, 2019 a Seminar on “Strengthening Inclusion, Interfaith and Sustaining Peace” was conducted with YCoalition, SDGYF & YPSA collaborated with collaboration with Actionaid.
“We should use same height chairs in seminars and other programs as our Prime Minister Sheikh Hashina pointed this thus we can start peace from ourselves”
– Md. Noorul Alam Nizami | Additional Commissioner of Chattagram Division
The seminar was presided by Noman Ullah Bahar, President, SDGYF with the opening speakers Abu Bakar Chowdhury, Chief Program coordinator YCoalition, Ahsan Habib, Chairman, National Institute of Technology (NIT). Other speakers were Farhana Idris, YPSA (Peace Network). Keynote Speakers, Social worker Md. Shahidul Islam, Assistant director, YPSA. Panel members, Dave Dowland, Registrar, Asian University for Women. Dr. Dinbodi Vikkhu, Professor, Chittagong University. James Gomez, Regional Director, Caritas, Researcher on Sufism, Khaja Osman Farooki Himadri, Founder, Alokbortita. Palash Kantinath Roni, Founder, Bangladesh Gita Shikkah Committee. In the seminar speakers talked about their thoughts and insights on Strengthening Peace and creating a peace network in Chattogram to work for peace and establish justice. After the seminar YCoalition took the Training session for two days.Training of Trainers on “Strengthening Inclusion, Interfaith and Sustaining Peace” is a two-day training planned to equip students from diversified background and belief to work side by side and create a sustainable community and establish peace by understanding Global Citizenship, Peace Dialogue, and Inclusiveness. After its two execution of TOT in Sylhet and Khulna Bangladesh, YCoalition took Chattogram as its third zone to work for. With winter wind environment in Chattogram, TOT was taken with enthusiastic and positive young students from different background. Starting from 28th December, Saturday morning where all the citizens of Chattogram division were sleeping with a shivering good morning environment, participants came to the venue in time to learn and be a part of this big network. Training started after the Seminar with 35 participants from different institutions in Chattogram and after several workshops and sessions, participants understood that it was not an in general training or something they expected to because the training was different from anything they have ever experienced. Training of Trainers ended with lots of memories and huge learning for both parties that whether the situation is on your side or not, training should be there and well implemented. The more challenges you face the more experienced you become. In 29th December, Sunday afternoon the Closing Ceremony took places where Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Former Vice Chancellor, Chittagong University shared his thoughts and understanding about peace and how we should work for the community. In his speech he mentioned about 4 things to keep in mind quoted, “Capacity, Character, Courage and Commitment will work as core ideology in community working”. Azad Talukder, Editor, Ekushey News was present as the special guest at the ceremony. Participants got their certificate from the honorable guests present in the ceremony and promised to work for the community as well.