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India Round Table 2019

Venue: Shanti Ashram
Date: 11th & 12th April 2019

India Round Table 2019

Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

Dear Friends,
Children who experience intense stress during early childhood, due to exposure to violence can suffer from reduced brain cell connections, negatively impacting their learning and emotional development, as well as their trust and relations with others. The India roundtable discussions will help increase awareness about violence against children in early childhood, engage and mobilize different stakeholders and communities. Through this we hope to strengthen norms and values that support non-violent, respectful, nurturing, positive and gender-equitable relations, and also contribute to reducing parenting practices that violate the dignity of the child. The follow-up action will directly engage the participating institutions and in particular, religious communities and networks

Mark your diary!
2019 will be a very special year for us in India and for people around the world; it will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,
the 30th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the 10th anniversary of Learning to Live together programme.

Taking advantage of this special moment we are co-hosting the
India Roundtable 2019
We will be one of five countries around the world hosting an event of this nature on behalf of the Consortium.
It is open to all those who are working for children across India, particularly for those working in early childhood development and inspired by faith traditions. The registration will be on first come first serve basis with a maximum of 75 participants.

    Expected outcomes

  • 1.Experts supported discussion on the scientific evidence related to the importance of ECD learning and development in children, including its long-term impact on fostering their health and well-being;
  • 2.Exploration of the role of faith communities in nurturing values and spirituality in children and challenging cultural and social norms that condone violence in early childhood and its effects on the whole child;
  • 3.Reflection on the state of violence against children in early childhood in India, particularly in the family and schools settings;
  • 4.Identification of the socio-economic and policy factors, policies and strategies that affect early childhood development;
  • 5.Access to and understanding of the INSPIRE strategies package (a UNICEF resource) among faith communities, government representatives and grassroots organizations;
  • 6.Sharing of good-practices from faith communities and civil society organizations that foster holistic approaches to early childhood for the prevention of violence.

Here are the details to mark in your diary:
Event: India Roundtable 2019
Date: 11th & 12th April 2019
Venue: Shanti Ashram, Coimbatore
Registration: Thanks to the co-hosts the registration fees for participants is only INR.1000/-

International resource persons include:
Ms. Maria Lucia, Director, Arigatou International, Ethics Education for Children -Geneva
Ms. Masue Suzuki, Coordinator, Volunteer engagement, UNICEF, New York

We request you to mark the date and confirm your participation to : vijay.varma035@gmail.com pavithra.rajagopalan@gmail.com

We look forward to your cooperation; collaboration and enthusiastic participation in making the India Round table a success.