Synod Level Leadership Training Camp for the Dalit and Adivasi Youngsters
A Synod Level Leadership Training Camp for the Dalit and Adivasi youngsters has been organised by the Dalit and Adivasi Concerns Department of the Church of South India Synod at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai from 28th May 2019. The Camp was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Jayaraj George Stephen, the Chairperson of the Department and the Bishop in CSI Madras Diocese. In the inaugural speech, the bishop opined that even though the coinage of the title of the camp “Catch them young; caste can be caged” is impressive, he would suggest a change into “Catch them young; caste can be killed” because Dr. Ambedkar was a proponent of the ‘annihilation of caste’.
Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, the Director of the Dalit and Adivasi Concerns Department, welcomed the gathering and presented the concept behind the camp. He expressed the expectation of the synod that the similar kind of training camps will be organised in the diocesan and local levels. And he encouraged the participants to carry the training they received to the local levels and be change agents.
Rev. Dr. Praveen Perumalla, the Liaison Officer, CSI- EMS, gave the keynote address. He was focusing on the contributions of Dr. Ambedkar and insisted on the importance of earning an education. Based on a painting presented on the backdrop of the stage, Rev. Praveen talked about the lives and pathos of the Dalits and Adivasis.
Rev. Abidhananthar John, an ordained minister from the Madras Diocese of CSI and a graduate from the Union Theological Seminary and New York, took a class on “A Sociopolitical Approach to the self- esteem, resistance and resilience of Dalit Tribal Youth”
Ms. Bincy Mariya, an HR Trainer from Kerala, led an interactive session on “Public Speaking: Presenting one’s self by shrugging of fear”.
Rev. Hemalatha John, an ordained minister of the Karnataka Central Diocese of the Church of South India who finished her higher sties George August University in Göttingen (Germany), took a class on “Dalit- Adivasi Young Women: Specific Challenges”, which generated a time of heated discussions.
A picnic for the participants was arranged in the evening. They were taken to the Marina beach and Santhome Church which gave a glimpse of the city for them. The Camp will be continuing for the next two days.