The School of Peace
The School of Peace (SoP) was an idea born out of the Interfaith Cooperation Forum. The first SoP was held in Bangalore, India in 2006. The SoP aims to build a community of young people from different faith or religious traditions, and encourage them to promote harmony and peace in their respective communities.
School of Peace is a seminar-workshop cum skills training that accommodates 15-20 young adults, especially those from conflict-stricken areas. They are invited to come together to share their struggles and visions of peace from their different faith perspectives, as well as learn some theories and skills in peacebuilding and related subjects.
As a short-term School of Peace, the Peace Institutes is a two-week seminar-workshop for young people on specific topics related to interreligious understanding and peacebuilding.
Held at country-level or sub-regional levels, these are contextual training workshops that are focused on specific themes that are related to conflict transformation and peacebuilding. At least 15 participants are invited to this workshop.
In all these training programs, the teaching-learning methods include interactive lectures, group discussions, workshops, and community visits. Within the period of the school of peace, peace institutes and thematic workshops, the participants will learn about other faiths and the importance of living with one another in an atmosphere where there is peace based on justice, or justpeace.