Thursday, April 21, 2016
A report of the ETST workshop for teachers of Kiphire Nagaland.

Agape school Kiphire 19th March 2016

Facilitators: Asha Varma  Fatima Rashid (ETST core team)

Workshop organized by LIpichem Sangtam founder principal of Agape school Kiphire

44 teachers from different schools were in attendance.


Day 1


The workshop was inaugurated by  Benjamin Longkup  SDO Kiphire followed by  a welcome song by the school students.

The sessions for the day started at 10 a.m and continued upto 5-30 p.m.

They consisted of

1.Opening remarks

  • What is I 0f  C.
  • Mission statement
  • Icebreaker
  • Quiet time

2.Open forum (debate)

3. The power of One/the joy of life.

4.The train of life.


Day 2










8 a.m to 4-30 p.m.

  1. Life’s balance sheet Page 1&2
  2. Inner listening
  3. Tools of personal change.
  4. Communication skills.
  5. Emotional intelligence.
  6. India I care.


Day 3





8-30 to a.m to 1-30 p.m.

  1. Multi faith prayer.
  2. Life’s balance sheet page 3 & 4.
  3. Inner governance.
  4. Relationships.
  5. Valedictory.

Closing remarks were made and certificates were distributed by Mr.Raghuram IPS SDPO Kiphire and Mr. Setricho,ADC Kiphire .

The workshop ended with a community meal.

In the afternoon we went to the Kiphire state college and conducted sessions to introduce the staff to Iof C.

Our trip ended with spending some quality time with Niketu and Christine iralu at Kohima.

Report compiled by Asha Varma






Detailed Report

The plan for the visit to Nagaland to conduct an ETST workshop was made in Asia plateau when LIpicheng Sangtam founder principal of Agape school Kiphire Nagaland attended the ETST workshop in May 2015.The logistics were worked out in the following months and Fatima Rashid and I  left for Kolkatta at 6 a.m on 18th March 2016 en route to Nagaland. From Kolkatta we boarded the flight to Dimapur .from where  we left for Kiphire by car a distance of 10 hours,(we dreaded thinking of it while in Mumbai).drove in the dark for about 4 hours ,stopped by soldiers and quizzed about our reason for travelling three times,finally reached Kiphire at 10.30 p.m.where Lipichem was waiting for us. We were put up in the only guest house in Kiphire called Tsatsonge Anar guest house.

44 teachers from schools in Kiphire attended the workshop.the teachers were mainly youngsters who having finished their Std. 12 had started teaching without any formal training.They were totally inhibited the first day,and spoke nothing, when asked to share. This was their first exposure to a workshop.Things got better the next day and slowly they opened up and started speaking.

In the three days that followed we grew quite close and at the end there were the usual hugs and promises to come together again.



What we discovered about Kiphire during our short  stay there.

1.Kiphire is the north eastern tip of India almost close to the Myanmar border.

2. It is a district, having a total population of 74000.

3.People are poor, the state is totally neglected, so much so that there is no bread no bakery, no place for people to hang out ,children have not heard of places where snacks are sold.

4. Most homes are made of mats with tin roofs

5.Christianity is the main religion.

6. People are totally non vegetarian.


Impact on the teachers.

At the end there were visible signs of teachers having being impacted in different  ways.Each one shared what changes they were planning to implement in their personal and professional lives. More focus seemed to be on forgiving people,and changing their attitude towards their students.

A notable feature was that teachers felt having a govt. school job was helped in matrimonial alliances and sort of gave one a standing in society.




Political scene.

There is a visible presence of the Indian army everywhere.Nagaland wants sovereignty which the Indian govt. Is not prepared to give.

There is rivalry among the ethnic tribes which sometimes results in violence.



1.Our gratitude and thanks to Asia Plateau and an unknown donor who together sponsored our trip.

2.A lot of gratitude to Lipichem  and his family for their hospitality.

3.Thanks to Niketu and Christine Iralu for their hospitality in Zubza.


The need for conducting more such programs is very great,I would request everyone to give it some thought.