World Day News
Our Council Convening Chair Mr. Kul Gautam's op-ed has been published in the Nepali Times.
This year’s two Nobel Peace Prize winners have already benefitted thousands of Nepali children and will inspire them
Kul Chandra Gautam
The barbaric attack and killing of innocent school children in Peshawar this week is a poignant reminder of the relevance of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, and their tireless advocacy and activism in support of children’s right to quality basic education, and against hazardous child labour. Their work and example is a source of pride and inspiration to the children of Nepal, thousands of whom have already benefitted from their initiatives.
I am a lay Buddhist. I represent the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka which is by far the most widespread grassroots people’s organization which is engaged in integrated/holistic community development, peace building and reconciliation covering the entire country. The development philosophy of the Savodaya movement is based on Buddhist teachings and Gandhian principles but it works across all ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.
In the spring of 2014, the kidnapping of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls ignited a wave of attention and outrage that spread throughout the world. Now, months later, most of the girls are still missing and much of the world has turned its focus to other issues. The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children offers an opportunity to remember the girls and their families and maintain hope for their safe release.
When you plan your World Day activities this year, we encourage you to show your solidarity with the kidnapped girls and all of the young people in Nigeria and throughout the world who are deprived of their freedom and right to education. As religious and spiritual communities, let us offer our prayers, petitions, meditation, reflection, and action in our own traditions. We developed the Nigeria Vigil Toolkit to offer ideas and guidance to support these efforts. Download the World Day Vigil Toolkit 2014.