Workshops on interfaith harmony and social cohesion concluded in Peshawar

Peshawar: In order to enhance the capabilities of young representatives of various faiths and communities to become the ambassador of interfaith harmony, social cohesion and cultural pluralism, a series of training workshops were concluded here at Peshawar.

Training workshops were part of the project ‘Youth for Social Harmony’ being funded by Canadian Embassy in collaboration with Peace Education And Development (PEAD) Foundation, which is aimed to increase the knowledge and capacity of youth on interfaith harmony, conflict mitigation and responsible citizenship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fostering to contribute to a peaceful, tolerant, human respect, democratic and prosperous society.

The workshops that were conducted from January 2 to February 3, facilitated by ambassador of Nederland, Mr. Marscel, Member of Provincial Assembly Meraj Humayun Khan, senior journalist Safiullah Gul, chairman All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement Haroon Sarab Diyal, PEAD foundation Executive Director, Sameena Imtiaz, Senior coordinator Shagufta Gul and Media expert Ammad Khaliq.

While sharing her views about the project YSH, Ms. Shagufta said that a total of 75 students representing different faiths and communities including Hindu, Christine, Sikh, Sunni and Shia, studying at different educational institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, participated in the sessions held at a local training center of Peshawar.

“The trainings were intended to raise the issues related to interfaith harmony, cultural diversity, social cohesion and religious freedom”, Shagufta Gul said adding that after completion of trainings, the students will arrange special session on inter/intra faith harmony in their respective communities, so as a peaceful society can be emerged for our future generations.

The training workshops provided a platform to youth representatives of various faiths to learn and share views with each other. ‘I have never attended such a session where I sat with so many faith representatives under one roof and gained a lot of knowledge about the prevailing scenarios and the necessary actions to serve the ambassador of peace and harmony’, Mr. Avinash Dass, a youth representative of Hindu Community and student of Peshawar University said.

A female student of Peshawar University, Ms. Mishal Kor from Sikh community urged to work together with other faith representatives of the locality to have a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

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