Young participants of the Super Congress 2009, a jamboree of children from all over the world to achieve Millennium Development Goals which include eradicating poverty, universal education, improving healthcare and sustaining the environment among others, taking a pledge, to stand up for peace, at Kumaraguru College of Technology, in Coimbatore on Sunday. As part of the Super Congress 2009, that took off in Coimbatore on Saturday, the participating children from various countries took a pledge to stand up for peace here on Sunday.
With the theme “Peace: Action for Violence against Children and Young People”, the Coimbatore Peace Festival was held at the Avinashilingam University for Women. The events began with the inauguration of the Peace Corners. It was an exhibition of the myriad religions and religious rituals and festivals of India. Then, the children and all others who were part of the Congress gathered on the grounds of the university and took part in the peace pledge.
T.K. Shanmuganandam, Chancellor, Avinashilingam University for Women, administered part of the oath that made the children promise that they would work with dedication to preserve and strengthen the unity of the communities and nations. They also guaranteed never to resort to violence and that they would always try to settle all differences and disputes peacefully. The other part of the oath was administered by Alan Nazareth, Managing Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust, Bangalore. He led the children in the pledge to commit themselves to peace and that they would always stand up for peace.
The pledge was followed by a video presentation on Hiroshima Day. Saroja Prabhakaran, Vice-Chancellor, Avinashilingam University for Women, Marina Pracchia and Roberto Catalano, representatives from the Focolare Movement, addressed the children. Cultural programmes by children representing various countries and cultures were performed.