The second workshop in the Commonwealth Series with the theme “Commonwealth Futures: Inspiring Global Citizens” was held from 9-12th February 2020 at JGU. The four-day event was a part of a series of workshops being held in UK, India and South Africa, reflecting on the role of student leaders in creating cohesive societies.
This workshop was convened in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), British Council and Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO-Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA Youth Foundation and UNESCO-MGIEP to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, a global leader, who lived, worked and studied in these three countries.
Over the course of four days, students from across the Commonwealth countries shared their unique knowledge, skills and experience, and presented their ideas back to key actors from the higher education sector, wider civil society and policymakers. The workshop examined multidisciplinary themes, relating to the concept of global citizenship, from participatory democracy to community engagement – as well as exploring social and emotional learning in the context of peace, non-violence and prevention of violent extremism.
Each of these concepts were related to Gandhian principles and methods. During the course of the workshops, students had interactive sessions with leading academic and civil society experts. They also undertook site visits to contextualize these ideas. The workshop sessions began with a cultural night with the theme of “Unity in Diversity” and concluded with a commemorative cricket match.