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BOSCOREE: A PLATFORM TO PROMOTE NATIONAL INTEGRATION
By Fr. Tarcisius T & Fr. Policarp X
Dimapur, Dec. 31. As the curtain closes for the year 2010 and the yearning for year 2011 begins, everyone hopes for a new year of peace and unity. Nagaland a home to hundreds of tribes, dialects and cultures forming a miniature world too, looks on with eager longing for a year of unity and peace. The ongoing 11th National Boscoree 2010, at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur which was flagged off on 30 December, began the day by imprinting on the young minds and hearts that we are one and our feeling of oneness can lead to peace and harmony in the country and in the world.
The participants of Boscoree from almost 75 schools, coming from 18 states of India had a world of enriching experience by meeting their counterparts from varied backgrounds, languages, cultures, traditions and practices. The day of National Integration was preceded by an evening of folk songs and traditional dances of India, which brought to knowledge the thoughts and beliefs permeating the rich cultural heritage. The Boscouts and Guides, dressed themselves in the traditional dress other than their own, learnt songs from another tribe, learnt few phrases from another language, drew the map of the country, displayed tableau on historic events of the country and sang the National anthem to live the moment of unity, harmony and integration. The day was also marked by display of varieties of handicrafts and model villages which accounts for the vast expanse of life lived across the country.

The Boscoree Chief, P.X Francis SDB, LT(S) addressing the participants said that conflict resolution is a vital element in the process of national integration. Speaking on conflict resolution he stressed that needs, interests and concerns of the other has to be understood. He also pointed out that conflicts can be resolved through friendship, mutual understanding and openness to the other. He therefore, urged the participants to be proactive rather than reactive in the face of conflicts.

Fr. Carolus the Vicar General of Kohima Diocese in his message at the Celebration of the Eucharist said, ''we should know our identity and enrich the other''. Boscoree is a platform to exchange ideas, beliefs and practices and go back with large minds to accommodate a person who is not our own'' said the Vicar.

Keeping in mind the aims and objectives of Scouting as explained by Lord Baden Powell, the father and founder of the scouts and guides movement - that of formation of character and sound health habits, training in handicrafts and acquiring useful skills, and the cultivation of proper spirit of service - the more than two thousand participants of the ongoing 11th National Boscoree re-lived the dreams of Baden Powell through various activities such as group dynamics, national integration activities, learning to work together, presentation of model village, handicrafts & exhibition, creative communication, choreography presentation etc.

It may be noted that the history of the Boscoree dates back to 1974 when the Salesians of Don Bosco conducted an all India programme for the Scouts and Guides of their schools. The first Boscoree was in Bangalore. This is the 11th Boscoree that is held in India. Boscoree, in fact is a gathering of the Scouts and Guides from the schools of Don Bosco Family providing a platform for learning, sharing and developing talents through group activities. This gathering takes place every three years.

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