New Delhi, January 17, 2011: Why think of peace? Does peace become more significant in our lives when we are faced with conflict? Can we enjoy peace when we really are not faced with adversities that disrupt it? In a world faced with threats of all kinds, discrimination and injustice does the quest for peace appear meaningless? What does one need to do to find peace? Does the meaning of peace change with context and country and mindsets of people?
These are some of the questions that are buzzing around the heads of the students and the teachers of The British School, New Delhi as they eagerly wait for Wednesday, the 19th of January. The entire school has been tingling with activity and excitement levels are high as the school prepares itself to host the Peace Summit 2011, Round Square Senior Regional Conference South Asia and the Gulf Region.
The British school is associated with the ‘Round Square’ organisation, a global association of schools which share a commitment, beyond academic merit, to foster the personal growth of the students. This organisation seeks to help prepare the students for their lives ahead. Round Square is a world-wide association of more than 80 schools on five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals.
Round Square is based on the theories of the experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn. Dr. Hahn, one of the twentieth century’s foremost revolutionaries in education, believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing students for college and university. He believed that it was crucial for young people to prepare for life by having them face it directly and experience it in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. Round Square is an organisation embodying this educational revolution.
The Peace Summit shows how these schools plan to do this. The three day conference being held from the 19th to the 21st of January will involve students from 20 different schools from various countries in the South Asia and Gulf region, in a variety of activities and workshops in the fields of Music, Art, Dance, Drama and Public Speaking. They will be guided by renowned experts such as the famous mural artist Tom Wood, the acclaimed actor Neil Farelly and the illustrious classical dancer Sharon Lowen. The students will also be addressed by prominent speakers and media persons such as Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Technology, Mr. Suhel Seth, Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dr Waiel S.H. Awwad, South Asia based journalist, Mr. Peter Leng, a journalist with the BBC, Mr. Sam Miller, Ms Suhasini Haidar, prime time anchor with news channel CNN-IBN, Mr. Nigel Cassey, Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in New Delhi, Ms Montserrat Feixas Vihé, Chief of Mission in New Delhi for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Mr. Johannes Olivier, Secretary with the South African High Commission in New Delhi.
The Peace Summit promises to be an exciting and enlightening experience. Three days of exploring the important theme of ‘Global Peace’ through various media will help us, the generation of tomorrow, discover what peace is- and how to work together to unite the world.