This December local peacebuilder Ashima Kaul began her programme to train teachers in conflict resolution in Kashmir, by running focus groups with over 90 teachers across Kashmir. Together they are creating the training syllabus, to have the most impact on the students they teach.
Thanks to Peace Direct’s support Ashima is able to pilot the project with 15 teacher trainers and four schools. Already she has gained support from the government and a large organisation, and once she demonstrates the effectiveness of the model, she is determined to include more teachers and more schools.
In the riots that rocked Kashmir in 2010 it was young people trapped in the centre of the violence – and the majority of the 100+ people who lost their lives. Ashima’s work challenges young people’s perceptions of violence, and it gives them a way to use their voices without violence.