Once divided, two Sri Lankan alumni make peace

Raveendra Pathiranage (kneeling, left) and Thevananth Thevanayagam

  • The first encounters between two classmates in the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies program were anything but cordial.
  • From July through September 2006, Raveendra Pathiranage and Thevananth Thevanayagam participated in the program’s inaugural session at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • For weeks, they argued about the long-standing conflict in their native Sri Lanka.“But we talked about our problems and gradually understood each other,” says Thevanayagam, program manager for the Tamil Refugees Rehabilitation Organization in Sri Lanka, who was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jaffna, Northern Province.
  • The agency provides food, shelter, rehabilitation, and other assistance to displaced Tamil refugees.
  • The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program was established to provide professionals from around the world with the opportunity to be trained in conflict resolution and mediation strategies.
  • The program also can help participants become better equipped to prevent and resolve conflict and to foster policies and create settings that ensure peace worldwide. Offered in English, the program is aimed toward mid- to upper-level professionals in governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private corporations.

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2 Responses to Once divided, two Sri Lankan alumni make peace

  1. Very nice
    well done
    we very puoud about as a Richmond boy

  2. Malcolm Graham says:

    IS there a peace in cricket programme??

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