TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Introduction of Active Nonviolence Education Center.
- Introduction of Nonviolence and Violence.
- Understanding on Nonviolent Communication, A language of life.
- Meaning of power, its types and sources. The role of power sharing in Schools.
- Obedience and the concept of obedience.
- Why Tibetan should follow the path of Nonviolence?
- Chinese Pillars of Supports.
- 198 methods of nonviolent action introduced by Dr. Gene Sharp.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo (Executive Director-ANEC)
Ms. Tenzin Lhaze (Assistant Trainer cum Teaching Officer-ANEC)
- Power Point Presentation
- Role Play
- White board
- Brain storming
MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION:
Tibetan, English and Hindi (when needed to make them understand better)
- Notepad, Pen, Certificates.
- ANEC’s Introductory Brochures.
- ANEC’s 14th Newsletter.
- Copies of 198 methods of Nonviolent action introduced by Dr. Gene Sharp.
- Material based on four components of Nonviolent Communication as an exercise to understand better.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP:
- To impart deeper understanding on Nonviolence and why it is considered as an indispensable tool in establishing peaceful society and overthrowing rigid policy of any government.
- Introduced “Nonviolent Communication” and its usage in interpersonal relation to foster compassionate response from the opponent as well as listening with whole being towards the needs and feeling of other and as well as ours.
- Provide education on the weakness and the strength of Chinese Pillars of support and what are the reasons for why Tibetans should follow the path of Nonviolence?
- To familiarize the concept of power and the role of power sharing in schools and why obedience is considered as the heart of political power.
- To make them aware of the availability of 198 Methods of Nonviolent action to make any nonviolent movement more effective.
DAY ONE (9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM)
The Two-Day’s workshop on Nonviolence Principles and Practicalities was inaugurated by respective Headmasters of each schools by welcoming ANEC’s facilitators and they reminded the participants about the Nonviolent methods being the potent tool to gain attention regarding the plight of any country and it is the only way out to resolve conflict between countries and individuals. They therefore, urged the participants to learn more about nonviolence and its methods and try to implement in their lives for more effective results.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo, Executive Director gave a detailed introduction about ANEC and how it was successfully institutionalized under the guidance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the unwavering visions of Rabbi Everett Gendler and Dr. Mary Gendler to make a positive impact in Individual life and as well in Tibetans struggle. She expressed the Workshop to be resourceful and worthwhile for the participants.
ANEC Documentary film- A journey of Nonviolence; Alabama to Dharamshala was screened.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo divided the participants into six groups and asked each group to write down their perception of nonviolence and violence in words and further form it into sentences.
Subsequently, two participants representing from each group read out the sentences they formed and explained. On the other hand the exercise provides them a platform to think on their own regarding nonviolence. Hence, they all came up with realistic and logical definitions of Nonviolence and Violence. This was to give them a brain storming exercise to create their own definition of nonviolence and violence.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo further introduced Nonviolence philosophies by some of the world’s pacifist leaders thereby; Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for their in-depth understanding on Nonviolence.
Ms. Tenzin Lhaze gave a power point presentation on four basic components of Nonviolent Communication to develop their communication skill and to make them aware about availability of the powerful methodology for communicating in a way that meets the need of both parties. It brings a more loving, compassionate, and nonviolent way of understanding and functioning with others. It basically shows us how to listen emphatically and also communicate our authentic feelings and needs.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo talked about the types of Compassion (Familial, Familiar and Genuine/Universal) and urged the participants to work towards the genuine/Universal Compassion to create this world a living and loving abode for all regardless of differences and to focus on similarities rather than differences.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo gave a power point presentation on Power, Types of Power and its sources. She further talked about the role of power sharing in schools and it is mandatory to share power amongst students rather than to hold at top in order to develop a sense of belogingness and to give authority to take responsibilities by their own.
Ms. Tenzin Lhaze educated them about obedience, what made us to obey all the time(Concept of obedience) and there is no dictators who can effectively carry out the policies until or unless people obey. It is not necessary to obey rules or power if it tend to hurts the sentiments of every sentient being. Power to say “no” is every individual’s birth right.
Refreshment activities were also included in between presentations.
DAY TWO- (9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM)
Ms. Tezin Lhamo started the workshop by recapitulating the day one topics.
She later talked on the topic ‘Reasons for Nonviolence and Why Tibetans should follow the path of nonviolence.’ She reasons out that Tibet is economically, militarily and demographically incompetent in terms of war with Chinese government for Chinese economic, population and military power is growing each day. Hence, making it incompatible for Tibetans to retaliate and resorting to violence could bring unprecedented destruction for the Tibet and its People.
Therefore, Nonviolence and renouncing to violence is the realistic steps to challenge the Chinese authoritarian regime. She further stated nonviolent strategy stops the unending cycle of violence. It is a tools that can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, sex, gender, lay people and monk. Finally it is path strongly advocated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in the course of Tibetan struggle for justice.
Ms. Tenzin Lhaze gave power point presentation on “Chinese Pillars of Support”. It’s brief History, the reasons behind their growing dominance on the world. Further, making the participants aware of the weaknesses of Chinese pillar of supports.
We distributed copies of 198 methods of nonviolent action 198 Methods of Nonviolent Direct Action coined by Dr. Gene Sharp as result of his lifelong research on successful nonviolent movement around the world and made them understand about three sub categories;
1. Protest and persuasion,
3. Nonviolent intervention through skit in which some students played the role of oppressor and oppressed, some played the role of protest and persuasion, some used noncooperation methods to withdraw their support and the rest used nonviolent direct intervention in order to de-escalate conflict and render justice. The aim of doing skit is to familiarize three methods of nonviolent action and make it more effective.
The divided participants were directed to present a short skit on protest and persuasion, Noncooperation and intervention.
Feedback forms were filled by the participants and collected accordingly. We classified feedback in two parts as constructive feedback and positive feedback.
Headmaster/Headmistress of each school’s addressed the closing ceremony and thanked ANEC’s workshop facilitators and offered white scarf.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo and Headmasters/Headmistress offered white scarf’s and certificates to all the participants as a token of recognition for their dedication and participation throughout the workshop.
Ms. Tenzin Lhamo thanked respective Headmasters/HeadmistressheHHeasྷཧཧཧཧ for their hospitality and offered white scarf and ANEC 11th founding anniversary diary (as a token of gratitude) alongside ANEC’s 14th Newsletter and introductory brochure.
IMPACT ON THE TARGETED POPULATION:
- Widened student perspective on nonviolence and introduced nonviolent resistance as viable strategic weapon for social change.
- Introduced students to some of Dr. Gene Sharp’s 198 methods of nonviolent action and clarified the use of nonviolence.
- Affirmed that nonviolent resistance is the viable path towards a more just situation in Tibet.
- Taught students how to communicate using four methods of nonviolent communication, with an emphasis on empathy and compromise.
- Power point presentation on Chinese Pillars of Supports imparted good amount of knowledge regarding the reasons behind china’s growing dominance on the world.
- Irrespective of gender, students actively participated. They were given an ample of opportunities to present their views, demonstrate their ideas and skills.