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On the 23rd of August 2017, GNRC–Sri Lanka conducted a roundtable meeting themed, “Ethics Education to Strengthen Families and Nurturing Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children”. The event was organized by Arigatou International’s Ethics Education for Children, Sarvodaya Movement, Walpola Rahula Institute and The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

“Violence should never separate us, we originate from Adam and Eve (Hawa). And despite our religious affiliations, we are all equal. Thus, we should love and appreciate one another as that is what our faiths teach.” This was a statement evoked by a child during the interfaith outreach event organised by GNRC and UŽ "Mozaik" V.Čajno on 20th July 2017 in Livno and Bugojno cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two cities, which are inhabited by Catholics and Muslims respectively, have been known to have a rich cultural and historical heritage that enables the occupants to exercise social cohesion. The event also received support from religious leaders union, individual well-wishers and Gorica Museum.

1st of July 2017, was a blissful day for the children of Kariobangi as they woke up to a surprise visit from GNRC–Kenya and her friends. Led by Abdulswamad Alawi of Arigatou International – Kenya, the team organized a fun day event aimed at boosting the morale of the children at the Good Hope Markazil Banatul Islamia Orphanage located in the south of Nairobi, Kenya.

Shanti Ashram, a member of GNRC, organized an Interfaith Council meeting from 10th to 14th August 2017 in Coimbatore, India. Members of the Interfaith Council had the opportunity to reflect on sustainable ways of ending violence against children and ways of implementing the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children in their community. Relevant topics regarding Ethics Education for Children and recommendations on the strategic plans for next three years were also discussed.

As a step towards fulfilling the GNRC 5th Forum commitments, GNRC–Tanzania, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, and the United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, organized a post-Forum evening talk on 18th July 2017, themed: “Ending Violence Against Children”.

Rev. Miyamoto

First of all, on behalf of Arigatou International and as Convener of the GNRC, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the valuable contributions not only of all Forum participants, but also of many other supporters of Arigatou International, to the success of the GNRC 5th Forum held in Panama in May 2017. Each successive GNRC forum has built upon what has been achieved by GNRC members and supporters around the world. In this sense, I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude in particular to Ms. Mercedes Roman, who has dedicated herself to the mission of the GNRC since the very beginning of the GNRC in the year 2000 and has been instrumental in making the GNRC in Latin America and Caribbean region what it is today. Without her great contributions and long-time service as GNRC Coordinator for the region and as an advisor, the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama would have never even taken place.

In an effort to implement the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children in Kenya, which was signed during the Fifth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) held in Panama City, Panama in May 2017, Center for Sustainable Conflict Resolution (CSCR) through its flagship programme Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train the community on personal financing programme known as ‘Basic Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Development Training.’ The training aimed at elevating entrepreneurial skills among the members of the community.