WELLNESS & YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
Kashmir Health Peace Initiative
Greater Kashmir : Kashmiri Daily Newspaper
Scientific take on Violence, Stress and Behavior
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Societal stress fuels crime and social violence
Stress impairs the brain, negatively impacts behavior
Kashmir's Youth Bulge
Understanding High Suicide Rate in Kashmir
Kashmir in Distress
Why the Valley Blooms: Drug Addiction
Peace-education Courses in the Schools of Kashmir
Apart from our regular workshops at various educational institutions, in July 2013, Paigaam started a formal weekly peace-education course at Dolphin International School, Kashmir . Both Paigaam and Dolphin International School are the only and first ones in the Kashmir-valley to take such an initiative. This course-module designed by Paigaam, has been incorporated in their main curriculum for grades 1st to 10th, and is mainly taught through experiential activities and simulations including eclectic topics on trauma healing, career guidance, general counselling, personality development skills, teenage issues, mental health awareness, and stress management, to name a few. Peace-education here ensures the involvement of all aspects of school, from the students to the staff members to the administration; this is to help bring a collective positive change in the entire school-environment for better, safer and healthier learning. This initiative is empowering students psycho-socially, building up their self-confidence, boosting up their self-esteem and equipping them with skills to cope up with the daily stress of their lives through healthy self-expression. Through this course, a transformation of thinking has already started that will hopefully help these students to be better leaders, better citizens, better intellectuals, better problem-solvers, and above all, better human beings for a better, peaceful today and tomorrow.
The ongoing Kashmir-conflict has affected all of us in different ways and at different levels; and this is our effort to spread the awareness about its psycho-socio-educational impacts. We hope to receive positive support from parents in this initiative to work together and make it a success for the entire society.
Paigaam in collaboration with Dolphin will also be holding the valley's or even India's first peace-fair in near future- the idea started by Paigaam in USA which has received great positive response there.