With the launch of the International Centre of Nonviolence in Australia on 15th February 2012, there will be growth in the international network of people working for nonviolence through education. The initiative is led by Dr Gambhir Watts, who is also President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia. Ela Gandhi, of the ICON board, will attend the launch.
A group of teacher trainees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal have been working with young students at Zwelinjani High School, near KwaNdengezi, outside Pinetown. Led by the ICON Director, they have assisted the school students in using peer counselling as a way of developing their resources. This work has been made possible by a kind donation from Willowton Oils.
The trainees have found some of the situations that the youngsters face very challenging. Despite that, there was an air of optimism and hope at the concluding ceremony.