To fight the winds of intolerance and fascism that is blowing about all over the world, SI Bangalore and SI Whitefield decided to collaborate, to teach children the importance of peace and love in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. (Gandhi’s 125th anniversary was commemorated in 1994 by UNESCO, fixed as the International Day of Tolerance on November 16.)
So the two clubs took up a joint project on December 10, World Human Rights Day, to implement NASI’s special theme of Amity in Action and fulfill SDG 16, aiming for “the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.”
On December 10, 2022, both Clubs organised a programme at Parikrma School for the underprivileged. Activist Cynthia Stephen addressed 60 children and spread the message of tolerance, peace and love. She narrated a story to teach the children the importance of harmony and non-resistance to violence or hate. The children were then divided into 12 groups and asked to express their understanding and maturity through beautiful paintings. Made by 12 groups of 60 children, the vibrant colours and forms spoke to show that the children had absorbed the messages of tolerance, love, non-violent resistance and peace.