Punjab University School of Communication Studies training workshop on peace and harmony in collaboration with Media Foundation 360.
Shahpara Salim, Mubasher Bukhari and other journalists were resource persons on the occasion while faculty members and students attended the workshop.
Shahpara Salim, Mubasher Bukhari suggested the students to think upon the values that lead to peace and tolerance in a society. Speakers discussed how culture could help promote peace and harmony in the country. They said hatred could be eliminated by promoting culture. They presented examples from lifestyle of Lahorites in 1960s. They said Lahore had produced famous singers and musicians in the sub-continent and had been center of literary giants. However, they said, due to various issues, violence against women and children have shaken our society. They said that extremist attitudes needed to be addressed for the welfare of Pakistan. They said media should have played its positive role to discourage attitude of anarchy and intolerance.
Many concepts including acceptance to all forms of diversity, equity, freedom of thought and speech and positivity were discussed with the students. After that the students had been involved in discussion on peace and harmony; what paradigms of thought & action relates to extremist behaviors and how can these be avoided through knowledge gained from educational institutions. Furthermore, the speakers discussed the root cause of extremist behaviors, i.e. lack of quality communication of individuals with their family members, peers and teachers/supervisors in social and educational settings. The speakers advised the students to start conversations at university with the spirit of tolerating the others’ view point to promote harmony. The session brought to light, the awareness and significance of peace and tolerance at individual as well as institutional levels to bring a positive change in the society.