NFI Peace Awards – Supported by National Foundation of India (NFI), to promote leadership among young leaders working in the states of Assam and Meghalaya. In this year of 2017-2018 Awards were given to 6 awardees which are as follows
Project on “Documenting the art of Mask-Making and Mask-Theatre in Majuli and building a network of artists and cultural agencies”. The goal of the project is to extensively document the practice of mask-making and mask-theatre in Majuli and build a network of local artists with artists from outside the island and various cultural agencies in order to facilitate collaborations and funding and promote the local art practices of Majuli on a wider platform.
Possible Impact of the project: The local artist community will be connected to other artists outside the island and various cultural agencies, facilitating collaborations, funding and means of getting financial aid. The extensive documentation that would be promoted on social media and various other platforms would serve to draw the attention of people towards the island and the challenges faced by the artist community in Majuli. In the long run, this project should turn out to be an intervention on getting more investment into the cultural sector in Majuli.
Project on “Holistic Development of Children: Massar Village at Meghalaya”. The goal of the project to sensitize teachers, parents and other agencies working with children to the needs of children and make the school friendly environment and bring a close relationship between parents and teachers.
Proposed Long Term Impact: The teachers, parents and community as a whole will have an understanding about the emotional and mental needs to support and corporate with each other to develop the needs of the children for a brighter future.
Project on “Revival of an unique folk culture – Byash Ojah”
The goal of the project is to increase the awareness among youth about the Byash Ojah culture. India has more youth than any other country has in this world. The generation which enjoys their work by making everything interesting, the generation which is faster in adaption of any changes to the environment, the generation which is really super innovative, the generation which learns anything they want, that generation can do anything with this unique culture. They even can make this generation a source of living and make it so interesting that no one from this universe could ignore the form, the enjoyment possesses by “Byash Ojah”. For that the young generation must be aware of the possibility of this unique culture. This project is to create the awareness and letting the young generation know about all the opportunity.
The possible impact of the project – The thorough study will increase the knowledge about the culture which can help in find out the new ideas to make the culture revive in this fastest growing materialistic world creating a beauty and greater contribution towards the Indian heretical rich culture. The project is going to have an impact on the society to increase the interest of people to perform and practice the culture.
Teaching the culture to youth with a workshop is going to have activity based learning and as activity based learning can teach people very easily so the planned workshop will be fruitful to find out some performer which can take the culture as their way of living and give the culture a long life.
The popularity is very important for a culture to survive in this materialistic world and for that the documentaries will perform a vital role. The display of the documentaries to this world through the digital platforms like social media, electronic media etc. will create people aware for the culture and they will become interested towards the culture. It will also help to preserve the culture up to an infinite time. The remake of the song with some modern touch without changing the originality of the songs or without deforming the folk trends will make the culture as popular as any other performing arts.
Project on “Rehabilitation of Women prisoners in the Tezpur Central Jail.”
The goal of the project is to understand and recognize the importance of self-development and improving the mental health of the jail inmates in the Tezpur Central Jail. Possible impact of the project – The project would ensure the behavioural changes among the inmates. It would help them instil a sense of value through the workshops.
Project on “Localization of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Barak Valley”
The goal of the project is Localization of Sustainable Development Goal 5 through involvement of Civil Society Organizations and Women Leaders of Assam in the Global Agenda of Sustainable Development Goal 5.
Impact of the project –
– Increased awareness on SDG 5 and its targets and its implementation in Barak Valley, Assam.
– Increased involvement Common people, Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations of Barak Valley in the implementation process of SDGs in Assam.
– Concrete document on the progress of implementation of SDG 5 and its targets in Assam.
Project on the “Transformational Leadership Initiatives”.
The goal of the project is to to promote an equitable, prosperous, peaceful and just society by creating a sustainable awareness program on peace building and women leadership; and create an environment that empowers them to be agents of change in the villages of their birth and wherever else their lives may take them.
Impact of the project – At the end of the project, women and young leaders commit themselves to work for peace and development and women actively participate in decision making processes in their villages and society.
Recently the six awardees were acknowledged by National Foundation for India at an award ceremony held at New Delhi on the 15th of March, 2018. A documentary featuring the individual projects of the NFI FST Peace Awards was also being launched.