ISLAMABAD  – The yearlong project was launched Friday to train 1000 school students on peace education to inculcate in them a sense of peaceful co-existence and harmony regardless of their religious or ethnic association.

The project tilted `Peace Building Initiative’ was launched by Caritas Pakistan at Lahore in a ceremony attended by the numerous volunteers and people coming from various civil society organizations, said a press release.

The participants strongly supported the idea of peace education in schools and termed it as indispensable to ensure lasting peace in the society.

The yearlong project focuses to empower school and college students, young people, local leaders, and educate communities, foster lasting partnership with Civil Society Organizations and support the capacity of grass root level initiatives aiming at restoring a sustainable peace and harmony among various communities irrespective of religion, ethnicity, caste and class.

Speaking on the occasion Executive Director Caritas Pakistan Aamjad Gulzar said the project will be implemented in Three Catholic Dioceses of Pakistan including Lahore, Multan and Hyderabad.

He also mentioned that 1000 students and 100 teachers will be trained under the project to understand the basic peace building concepts.

The teachers and students after the training will form peace clubs in their respective schools and communities to prevent the occurrence of violent conflicts.

The event was attended by youth leaders, representatives of civil society organization and media.