Nagaloka News

Workshop on working together towards Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The workshop was held from 15th to 19th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia. 38 alumni participated, 20 women and 18 men. Its purpose was to train alumni to become determined activists and to strengthen the alumni networks in their propagation of teachings and practices leading to liberty, equality and fraternity. On this occasion Alan and Jill spoke about how to develop Sangha between us in order to:

  • Work together towards liberty, equality and fraternity
  • Identify the problems facing society
  • Secure the agreement of the workshop to follow the discipline
  • Observe conflicts among, self, family, community and society etc.
  • Lear from social reformers like Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King to build a ideal society
  • Revere life (individual students prepared to tell their main life events)

This was deeply inspirational to all. Students learned how to work based on the three principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. At the end of the workshop everyone wanted to participate in more workshops like this.

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Student study visit on 10th February 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, February 10th, 2018

The purpose of a study visit is to generate an exchange of experience and good practice between the country of student visit and the countries they all come from. Thus, participating in a study visit can be an exciting experience and an important learning tool for student. During the visit all the students are invited to prepare a group report summarising their discussions and learning. This will help teachers disseminate what they have learnt to others, who share their interest but did not participate in this particular study visit. On the first day of the visit, all are to select a reporter who will be responsible for preparing the final report and submitting it to teachers. Everybody should contribute to the report by sharing their views, knowledge, and practices in their respective countries. On this visit, everyone requested to submit and share their experiences. which was extreme good to learn each others.

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WORKSHOP ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE BUILDING, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Workshop on conflict resolution and peace building was held from 9th Feb to 13th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka.  Its purpose was to train the alumni to work on setting up organizations and train people to make liberty, equality and fraternity realities in order to achieve Ambedkar’s vision to create a Prabuddha Bharat. Two scholars and workers in this field, Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia facilitated the workshop. There were 26 alumni,12 women and 14 men.

Alan and Jill have gave a talk on conflict between the Individual and Groups as well as Society. This gave alumni the chance to amplify their knowledge and help them to prevent conflicts occurring among people. Alan Senauke gave a talk on the social reformers Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King, and explained their vision of peace building. It was a tremendous inspiration to everyone to learn more about these famous role models.

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GUEST VISIT AT NAGALOKA, JANUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, January 26th, 2018

The guest visit occurred on 26th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka. Its purpose was to introduce Buddhist culture to students by means of songs. It was facilitated by Nagadeep and Sumedh, and performed by the Nottingham Buddhist Centre team. There were 109 people attending, 65 women and 44 men. The Nottingham team performed their Buddhist cultural songs and all the members performed well. Afterwards the students were encouraged to perform Buddhist Cultural songs themselves, which was very inspirational, and the atmosphere became really pleasant. Accordingly, we made up our minds to organize this kind of program in every local place where all can get an opportunity to meet Buddhist Culture and benefit from it.

 

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PROGRAM ON RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, JANUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, January 26th, 2018

This programme was held on 26th January 2018 at Nagaloka to introduce the RTI act and how to implement it in our daily life. The program was led by Mr. Ravigautami. 51 people participated, 31 women and 20 men. Ravigautami spoke about the Information Act from several viewpoints. In this way, the students came to know what the Information Act really is, and how to apply or implement it. They also learned the process of implementing one’s right to find or to take information to public offices. We realized that a list supplied by Nagaloka of Government offices where one can apply for information would be very useful.

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REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION, JANUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, January 26th, 2018

The Republic Day celebration was held on 26th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka and was conducted by Prof. Chandu Maiske. Its purpose was to remind us of the meaning of our Republic Day and recollect our responsibilities as citizens of India. There were 121 participants, 53 women and 68 men. Prof. Maiske gave a talk on the Indian citizen, mentioning three main points that everyone should consider on this occasion:

  • We should think about the development of our Indian nation.
  • We should remember that every individual is important for our future development.
  • Everyone should remember that in reality there is no caste identity and we are all one humanity.

The students were inspired by listening Prof. Maiske’s speech and they learned of their responsibilities as citizens of India. They wanted to organize a Republic Day program each year to refresh our memories and help others what are our responsibilities as Indian citizens.

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RAISING RESOURCES WORKSHOP, JANUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, January 21st, 2018

The three days raising resources workshop was held from 21st to 23rd January 2018 in Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Jan Fry from UK and Mangesh Dahiwale from Pune. 25 alumni from 9 states attended the program. Jan Fry, a communication strategist from the UK, shared her work experiences in the social sector. She guided the participants excellently through the framework of funding proposals and basic channels of communications used by NGOs working with communities. The participants, working in groups, were given an exercise to write mock project proposals. Jan Fry’s guidance included frameworks for funding proposals, and she gave some key notes for an effective Proposal.

After her guidance all the Alumni began to write proposals. A total of five proposals came up from the participants. This program also enabled the Nagaloka Association, which is still under the registration process, to come up with a communication framework for publicity purposes and resource management. The framework was worked out during the three days program itself. By the end of the workshop the Alumni were inspired by what they had learned.

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TEACHER’S WORKSHOP AT NAGALOKA, 20 JAN 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

This teacher’s workshop was held on 20th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka. There were 9 teachers participating. It was conducted by Divya. Its purpose was to evaluate the teachers’ performance and make them aware of how to make a lesson plan. Divya reminded those present of the last few workshops which encouraged them to realize courage the aims of education. Divya gave the group some points to discuss:

  • The teachers were divided into two groups and asked to discuss their own experience while teaching students in the classroom. It was an opportunity to clarify just what was their experience, the difficulties that had to be faced, and how they overcame those.
  • How they reconciled their individual aims with the institutional vision and how they imparted that vision to students while they were teaching the students
  • How did they prepare their lessons before facing the students?

After the discussion, each teacher came to the front and shared what they had learned from the group exercises. All were inspired to identify, understand and bring together their individual vision with the institutional vision. At the end of the session Divya gave each teacher the task of preparing a lesson plan each and every month. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by all participants to Divya.

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WORKSHOP ON AMBEDKAR’S THOUGHT; 26TH DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The workshop was held on 26th December 2017 at Nagaloka. The purpose of the workshop was to train the trainees to understand Ambedkar’s thought. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Maitriveer Nagarjun & Nagamitra. There were around 140 students participating. At that workshop Maitriveer Nagarjun has given a talk on who was Ambedkar & what he has done for our society as well why Amberkar. There were a few points on what he has specified in his talks in order;

  • Why Ambedkar thoughts need in the Modern era
  • Religion for man, not man for religion
  • How people easily influencing by superstition, even in the modern era
  • Concept of god; how people accept things blindly without logical thinking
  • What could be the main principles where we can develop the society by Dr Ambedkar’s views?

All the participants have learnt how to understand the situation in society while working they realized self learning. It was tremendous atmospheres where students can develop themselves. It was also decided to have this kind of workshops ever.

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DR AMBEDKAR’S MAHAPARINIRVANA DAY CELEBRATION, DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The celebration of Dr.Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Day was held on 6th December 2017 at Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Vivekaratna and the master of ceremonies was Asangavajra. The Purpose of the activity was to remind us of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s great contribution to the Nation. Around 160 people participated, 70 men and 90 women. Vivekaratna gave a talk on Ambedkar’s great contribution. He explained Ambedkar’s special contributions to Indian Society in pointwise order.

  • Everyone should contribute to our society, especially those in the political field
  • There are so many people who do not understand what they can contribute; such people should participate in the realization of Ambedkar’s vision.
  • We all need to prepare ourselves to spread Ambedkar’s vision far and wide to create an Enlightened India.

The students were inspired after hearing Vivekaratna talk about Dr Ambedkar’s great contribution to the nation. All the students were motivated to spread his vision. The local people too who were attending the program were inspired to come forward and support our activities. It was a good opportunity for all to hear a great talk. It was decided to organize talks of this kind at district level so that the great message can be passed on to every community.

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