I Gambhir Watts, take the liberty of informing you about my recent active participation at the “Roots to Fruits: Nonviolence in Action” conference at Durban University of Technology, South Africa held between 31st July to 2nd August 2012. I am grateful for the chance to meet revered Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and founder and trustee of Gandhi Development Trust, South Africa.Inspired by and with the support of Ela Gandhi, Gandhi Development Trust and ICON (International Centre of Nonviolence) Durban, we are launching the International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) Australia. Announcement was made on 2 October 2012 when celebrating UN International Day of Nonviolence and commemorating the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.
The main objective of the ICON Australia will be to part education on action in nonviolence at various levels.
Our vision is of a nonviolent society based on the celebration of our common humanity and of the natural environment that sustains us. We will work to make strategic interventions in education – development of educators and curricula, teaching and writing – that challenge structural violence, enable learning untainted by violence and advance a culture of nonviolence. It works through reflective practice and focused research to develop and disseminate its understanding, and to build networks of educators with a similar vision and commitment.