Justice and Peace

Workshop Partner


Working Group discussing Goal 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

The quest for peace and justice is as old as the hills. The new SDG Goals recognize the inter-woven nature of peace and justice. In absence of peace, justice for all cannot be secured;  while lasting peace is a necessary pre-condition for securing justice- social, cultural, political and economic.  

This relationship is coming under increasing stress as freedom and justice are advanced as justification for violence; ideas of just and legitimate violence have gained currency. 

Education is central to the advancement of the need for understanding the nature of violence and quest for justice. The forms of education include informal, community based and formal structures.

This workshop explored the following salient questions:
1) Understand the nature of emerging forms of violence.
2) Understand the processes by which violence is sought to be legitimized.
3) Understand the new ideas a justice – including cognitive justice.
4) Understand the intertwined nature of peace and justice.
5) Understand the nature of role of education in India.
6) Situate peace, justice and education in culture specific contacts.  

These explorations lead to a deeper and layered understanding of sustainability. Societies choose what is permanent and what is transient.  A society torn asunder by violence, a people denied justice cannot create harmonious present and sustainable futures.


CEE Focal Point: Tridip Suhrud & Mudita Vidrohi


Workshop Sessions


11 January 2016 (Monday)

12 January 2016 (Tuesday)

13 January 2016 (Wednesday)

08:00 -09:00




Inaugural Plenary
Setting the Tone

Plenary 2 
Measurement, Indicators, Tracking Progress

Session V
Panel Discussion
Future – projecting forms of violence, new ideas of justice and new structures of education
Prof. Tridip Suhrud,Sabarmati
Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust

Dr. Profulla Chandra Barmar,
Programme Head, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Tea Break

(2 Hrs.)

Plenary 1
SDGs and Role of Education

Session III

Panel discussion

Ideas of Justice 

Prof. Gopal Guru with Dr. Varsha Bhagat Ganguly and Prof. Tridip Suhrud

Session VI
Panel Discussion 
Concluding and Drafting Recommendations

Session Chair:
Prof. Tridip Suhrud


Lunch Break

(1.5 Hrs.)

Session I
Panel discussion
‘Anubandh: Building Hundred-Mile Communities’ a book by Shri Ela Bhatt which attempts to suggest local solutions for poverty, exploitation, and environmental degradation
Shri Elaben Bhatt with Prof. Tridip Suhrud and  Mr. Jim Taylor

Session IV
Panel Discussion
Nature of educational experiments in dealing with violence and justice

Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar with         Prof. Peter deSouza

Closing Plenary
The Way Forward


Tea Break

High Tea

(1.5 Hrs.)

Session II

Panel discussion
Understanding violence and discussing its forms

Prof. Gopal Guru and Prof. Peter DeSouza

Plenary 3
Global Action Programme and Sustainable Development Goals : Strengthening Commitments