November 17, 2015
Around 130 students from three schools participated in the inter-faith prayer that was organized in collaboration with spiritual leaders from four different religions, as part of the weeklong celebrations by Shanti Ashram, in collaboration with the Global Network for Religion for Children (GNRC).
The celebrations started on Children’s Day, November 14, and will conclude on November 20, which also is the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.
As part of the interfaith prayers, the children gathered at the Perur temple. They first began cleaning up the area in and around the temple. This was followed by a peace walk. Starting from the Perur temple, the students walked towards the Gandhi Memorial. A few minutes of silence was observed. The students prayed for the children who are suffering from poverty and diseases across the world. They headed back to the Perur temple.
This was followed by a very short talk on prayers and world peace by the four spiritual leaders of various religions. Father Reubin, Abdul Hakkim, Jaisingh, and Swami Sivachala Gurukkal delivered their addresses. “We must all live as brothers and sisters. We must also help each other to grow. Only when we help others grow will our country grow too,” Abdul Hakkim, Jamat-e-Isalmi Hind, Coimbatore said.
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is a partnership and a movement of people committed to the well-being of children, their rights, and dignity. The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is inspired by the traditions of world religions and the endeavours of a wide spectrum of intergovernmental organizations and NGOs.
“The week-long observance is about promoting common action and, wherever possible, spiritual reflection to build a world fit for children. Since the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children was launched in 2008, almost 190 activities have been conducted in 82 countries, with the involvement of secular and religious organizations, to work for the well-being of children,” G. Vijayaragavan, Head, Youth Leadership Programme, Shanti Ashram, said.