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Philosophers' Retreat

Philosophers' Retreat

The Centre for Escalation of Peace is committed to creating platforms and establishing programmes that encourage the free exchange of ideas across borders. One of these platforms is the Philosophers’ Retreat. The purpose of the retreat is to bring together eminent thinkers from the field of education, government, business and civil society, to have an open discussion about the challenges in education and how the system could be equipped to ultimately benefit the learner in an ever-changing world.

The thoughts that emerge during the course of deliberations are disseminated in innovative ways to question prevailing notions, inform educational strategies, and change mindsets. It is hoped that the outcomes of the retreat will eventually help children and youth in their efforts to developing and actualising their true potential.

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The panel discussions that took place on June 14 and June 15, 2019 as part of the second Philosophers’ Retreat focused on the theme, ‘Inculcating Resilience in Youth’. The topic was a follow-up to the 2018 retreat that centered around the ‘Purpose of Education’ and its role in preparing our youth for the ever-changing world. It was noted that resilience is one of...


The Centre for Escalation of Peace organised its first Philosophers’ Retreat from June 13 to 17, 2018 in the scenic and serene settings of Thimphu, Bhutan. The overarching theme of the 2018 retreat was the Purpose of Education. The participants were Ambassador Shivshankar Menon (Former NSA - India), Arun Kapur (Director, Vasant Valley School, Delhi and The Royal Academy, Bhutan), Geshe Lhakdor (...