Social cohesion described as the key to peace and tolerance – Journal
PESHAWAR: Social cohesion can contribute to social justice and participation in addition to peace and tolerance in society, reveals a survey conducted in the tribal districts of Khyber and Orakzai.
The study aimed to examine the impact of a series of trainings recently delivered to people from a variety of backgrounds.
In the survey, 80% of the trained people revealed that they willingly cooperated with each other despite existing differences, which was called the best example of social cohesion.
More than 700 people from the two districts have been trained under the USAID-funded Community Resilience Activity-North project with support from the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and implemented by Islamic Relief Pakistan.
Over 700 people trained in Khyber, Orakzai on conflict resolution, peacebuilding
Those who have delivered the trainings include local elders, peace and community committee members, farmers, civil society organizations, sportsmen and journalists.
Senior expert in conducting trainings and investigations, Mohammad Haseeb Khan, told Dawn that local elders and members of the peace committee have been trained in conflict resolution, social cohesion, civic engagements and defusing tensions.
He said Orakzai’s sportspeople, mostly young people, have been trained in leadership development, interfaith harmony and peacebuilding. Members of the Bara Press Club were also trained on certain topics, including the merger reform process.
Haseeb Khan said the objective of the training was to increase the resilience of communities and marginalized populations against violent extremist influence.
Islamic Relief KP chapter regional program manager Mohammad Siddiq said communities and marginalized people, especially young people, would be more resilient to violent extremist influence after increasing political, social and economic integration. of the targeted merged tribal area.
In the survey, 80 percent of those trained said that positive relationships existed in the community and among relatives due to social cohesion.
Regarding the causes of conflicts, 77% of respondents said that conflicts in their regions had arisen due to land issues.
Posted in Dawn, July 18, 2022