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Peace Education for Establishment of World Peace

DEC 2017 

WE ARE ONE

 

After attending the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP), Mr. Zakir Hossain has been telling the people of his regional community about the peace activities of Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) as a HWPL publicity ambassador in Bangladesh. In particular, he hoped to increase people’s awareness concerning the importance of understanding the value of peace, so he hosted the “WE ARE ONE” event together with students as the Additional Secretary General of Bangladesh Teacher Association. The event held on November 10th, 2017 was attended by over 120 people, including principals, teachers, and students.

The event took place at Sherabangla Ideal School in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the principals of Sherabangla Ideal School and Bakhunda College joined the event as well.

During the event, Mr. Hossain explained about HWPL and the IPYG’s peace activities based on what he had felt when he had attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. Also, he emphasized in his speech the importance of peace education and how students who participated should become leaders with the right set of values.

After the event ended, all the participants became one like the title of the event and shouted, “We want peace.” Then, they had a live video call with the IPYG staff in Korea to reaffirm their commitment to world peace once again.

In particular, the principals of Sherabangla Ideal School and Bakhunda College said that they will do their best to provide peace education with the IPYG in their respective schools to instill the value of peace to the students.

As a HWPL Publicity Ambassador, Mr. Hossain will continue to deliver the message of peace to many people with the inspiration he had received when he attended the WARP Summit, and the two principals who promised to work with the IPYG at the “WE ARE ONE” event said, they will help students, who are the leaders of the future, understand the value of peace. These students will surely be the foundation for Bangladesh to be a peace-leading nation in the future.

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‘We Are One’ Youth Empowerment Workshop

DEC 2017 

Shouting "We Are One" in Ethiopia

On November 10th, 2017, in association with the IPYG at the Bole Sub City Youth Center in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, about 40 youth leaders and members of Ethiopia said, “We are one,” as they carried out the youth empowerment workshop.

Working with the IPYG, Mr. Solomon Gebru, vice president of Tigray Youth Association, introduced the IPYG to the participants of the workshop. He attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit and was inspired by the values of HWPL and the IPYG, of being "united in all things and in peace."

All of the youth participants who attended the workshop expressed their willingness to participate in IPYG activities and promised to cooperate with youth leaders in future bimonthly meetings and events with the IPYG.

In order for the youth to protect themselves from war, they need to have the mindset of empowerment in regards to the future. Not only will the participation of the youth in Ethiopia have an effect on Ethiopia through youth empowerment workshops, but it will also extend to having an impact on all of the youth around the world. In Addis Ababa, I hope that Tigray Youth Association will continue to lead the education of youth peace empowerment in the forefront.

 

 

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Youths of Egypt Become One with Peace

DEC 2017 

Seven Egyptian Youth Organizations Discuss the Role of Youth in Achieving World Peace

On November 7th, 2017, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and Horus Foundation (hereinafter referred to as Horus) hosted the 4th “We Are One Workshop” at Sohag in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop, held with 50 members from seven youth NGOs, provided the platform for participants to discuss the role of youths in achieving world peace.

The IPYG and Horus have been working together to implement an international legal instrument based on the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to make the world a conflict-free place. At the workshop, the president of Horus, Mr. Tharwat, explained what he felt when he attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP) hosted this year and the IPYG’s efforts in building peace. Following his speech, there was a discussion reminding youths that they have a crucial role to play in realizing peace at a time when the world is suffering from terrorist attacks stemming from extremism. There was also a signing ceremony for attendees to show their support for the DPCW.

Mr. Tharwat said in an interview that, “Many youths were able to realize the importance of their role in building peace. Some of the youths that participated in today’s event said they want to have peace activities in their schools, organizations, and regional communities.” He also added by saying that, ”I am thankful and glad that I can be a part of peace activities in Egypt and I will continue to communicate with youths for peace.”

The 1st “We Are One Workshop” was held in July 2016 with 40 youth participants, and the latest event was the fourth. The effort for peace will not stop here, as there will be a 5th workshop which will be held early next year.

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Peaceful Pakistan, Prosperous Pakistan

DEC 2017 

Pakistan Becomes Heated with a Passion Towards Peace

After attending the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Atiq Raja expressed his aspiration to hold at least 50 peace events for the culture of peace to take root in Pakistan. He has held a total of 12 peace lectures so far. Mr. Atiq Raja, the President of Pakistan Youth Council (PYC), held a peace lecture on November 1st, 2017 at Al-Amin Public School and College Matli of Badin District in Pakistan.  

The audience for the peace lecture during this visit to Al-Amin Public School and College Matli were elementary and middle school students. The peace lecture, which lasted more than four and a half hours, was passionately conveyed to male middle school students during the morning and to female middle school students and elementary school students during the afternoon. With about 300 students and faculty in attendance, Mr. Atiq Raja vividly described and shared the things that he saw, heard, and felt during his experience at the peace festival hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) held in South Korea last September. On this day, the students who participated in the peace lecture continued with a heated discussion on “What must we do, and how?” in order to bring a true and lasting peace to Pakistan.

Mr. Atiq Raja, having the goal of establishing a network that will spread a culture of peace among the youth living in Pakistan, shared his determination to work even more fervently in 2018 together with the IPYG.

We expect 2018 to become a year in which the seeds of peace that have been planted in Pakistan will gradually bear fruit.

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The unstoppable aspiration for peace - the youth takes the lead

AUG 2017

For about a month, before the 2017 presidential election, political tensions have been rising in Kenya. However, despite the tensions, the aspiration for peace from the youth in Kenya was still moving.

 

Since 2014, Mathias Osimbo, an in-country representative for the Teachers Without Borders-Kenya, agreed to work together with HWPL to achieve world peace through international law. This year, he has launched another peace walk, following the 'the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk’ that was initiated in 2016 5.25, to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) with Lavington United Church as the starting point. This event was co-hosted by Lavington United Church and the Maestros Leadership Team.

 

The event was split into 2 parts.

 

The first half began with a speech by Mathias Osimbo and Mr. Claude Saula, the national coordinator of the Maestros Leadership Team, fostering the need for world peace.

Before the walk began, a time of silence was paid in tribute to the lives sacrificed for Kenya. Afterwards, the peace walk commenced while the Kenyan national anthem and other peace-related songs played in the background. Although the peace walk was not promoted within the community prior to the event, a total of 65 in youths joined the peace walk and the street community was in passionate jubilee during the event.

The Maestros Leadership Team, who attended the peace walk for the first time, participated while holding posters informing the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN. These SDG posters were prepared by volunteers, resulting in the whole event to be a time when the community gladly engaged in the advancement of peace together.

Ms. Mercy Julia Obukwa, the art teacher at Juja Preparatory & Senior Schools, shared that the most memorable experience was participating and shouting for peace alongside the youth during the peace walk. Furthermore, she determined to integrate peace with art and continue to pursue the ongoing peace education practiced in HWPL.

As the host of the event, Mathias Osimbo expressed his gratitude towards Lavington United church for providing a location despite the short notice. He shared that it was rewarding to carry out the peace walk alongside the youth.

After the peace walk, the IPYG and the Maestros Leadership Team promised to further discuss in regards to future cooperation between the two groups. Furthermore, the teachers, Ms. Mercy Julia Obukwa and Mr. Mathias Osimbo, expressed their willingness to contribute to this work of educating the value of peace to the youth in Kenya.

From the result of this event, we expect to continuously see the work of peace here, in Kenya.

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Yemen youth’s earnest desire for peace contained in pictures

AUG 2017

Yemen is currently facing many crises due to their ongoing conflicts, including the recent cholera outbreak. Although these dire conditions make active peace activities seem out of the question, Improve Your Society still hosted the Piece of PEACE workshop. This event took place on August 2nd 2017 in the city of Taiz at the Hall of Experts Organization. About thirty-five people attended, including leaders of youth organizations, clergies, and members of civil society groups. 

This workshop covered the following topics in order: Introduction of the Contents of the DPCW, Education Regarding the DPCW Articles Required in Yemen, and a picture drawing time.

HWPL and the IPYG introduced each article stated in the declaration. All these articles are applicable to Yemen’s crises, and present a more practical and legal approach to achieving peace. Afterwards, the participants were given a time to draw out pictures of the 10 articles. The attendees referred to the current situation in Yemen and recognized that the contents of the DPCW are necessary to achieve world peace and the cessation of war. There was a strong desire to put the DPCW into action throughout Yemen.

After watching the videos introducing HWPL and the DPCW, the youth participants expressed their eagerness for the chairman of HWPL to help end the war in Yemen and promised to urge the decision makers of their country to reflect upon the contents of the declaration. One of the participants shared that the article that is most needed in Yemen is Article 10: Spread a Culture of Peace.

Despite difficult conditions that challenge the call for peace, this workshop drew a fervent desire for the realization of peace from the citizens of Yemen, who became united under the name of peace.

 

HWPL and the IPYG will continue to promote the law of peace to even more citizens of Yemen through additional DPCW education and article picture drawing events in the future. Working together with mural artists, the pictures collected through the events will be used in peace wall painting projects within Yemen.
 

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Key to Peace – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

JUN 2017

Walk to Peace for the Youth

21 and 23 of May, 2017 the 4th Annual Declaration of World Peace and Cessation of War Peace Walk commenced in Cotabato and Davao, with the topic of prevention of violent extremism.

At this 4th Annual Commemoration for the Declaration of World Peace, about 250-300 people from various affiliations such as religious, indigenous, youth, governmental, and media participated to spread the message of peace.

Cotabato, The Philippines – Cotabato City-Bangsamoro Youth Walk for Peace (unity for peace, preventing violent extremism, key to lasting peace)

This event was hosted by IPYG, Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, and United Youth for Peace and Development and many residents participated. This peace walk was first held in Cotabato and lasted from 6 AM to 9 AM on 21 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the secretary general and the president from the youth association spoke on progressing peace.

Danilo Mocsin of Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, an organization that helped the event to its realization, strongly pushed for this event to show that the residents of Bangsamoro are against violent extremism. He also expressed his joy in that the Philippines was able to spread the message of peace to the world through this peace walk.

Yusoph S. Lumambas, Secretary General of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said, “What we want is only to help on how we can achieve true peace that was long to achieve by the people. We are grateful to HWPL because we know that it is not the only projects that HWPL is doing in achieving peace.” Other participants also spoke on the youth’s role in establishing peace and thus promised to be the messengers of peace with HWPL.

 

Davao City, The Philippines – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

The event was hosted by the IPYG and joined by 11 tribes of Davao, Madrasa Education Institution, Davao Special Force, police, youth, and government institutions. This was the second peace walk, which lasted from 8 AM to 11 AM on 23 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the tribe leaders and youth leaders spoke and delivered the message from Mayor Duterte of Davao.

From the participants of this event, Kyle Bascal of the National Youth Commission shared that peace is being free from wars and anything that induces fear. He suggested that everyone think about the peace that we all want and how to be a person that can stand against conflicts and violence.

In this event, Datu Roel Arthur Ali, Deputy Mayor of Ata Triba delivered a strong message, highlighting the need for everyone to be agents of peace. “Since the beginning while his ancestor is still alive, they already want to achieve peace. Youth needs to work also for peace since our ancestor already does,” said Ali. He plans to continue to carry out the peace mural and street cleaning campaign to promote peace with the youth of Cotabato and Davao region.

 

It is exciting to see the young adults and the residents become the messengers of peace through the peace event. Through the peace mural and street cleaning campaign, all should realize that peace is not something is afar, but rather close.

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Lets re-gain the lost rights and peace through supporting the DPCW

JUN 2017

The voice of the young adults for peace

In the midst of the ongoing wars in many Arab nations today, University Organizations of Human Development (OU-DH) and the International Peace Youth Group co-hosted the 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk in the hope of bringing back the lost rights and peace to the families of the Arab nations. Oussama Jeljeli, the publicity ambassador of HWPL and President of OU-DH said, "peace will be achieved absolutely, and I believe that the youth must come together to run for this work".

The Peace Walk was held on May 25th, 2017, at Bab el bhar, also called ‘the place of victory’, in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia with the purpose of gaining back peace and justice. More than 150 people and 12 organizations took part in the event, including National Organization for Tunisian Childhood, World Union of Human and Self Development' Technologies, Tunisian Center for Voluntary Work of the province of Tunis and the region, Sectoral Center for Training in Electricity and Maintenance of Biomedical Equipments of Tunisia, Tourathouna (our legacy) Organization, Tunisian Women of Tunisia, General Tunisian Union of Students, Tunisian Scout, Jasmine Foundation, and International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

For the first order of the event, the leaders of participant groups have shared a time of speech on their thoughts and the necessity in peace. Faten Mtiraoui, the representative of the Regional Committee of the Red Cross in Tunisia enlightened the value of the DPCW and the significance of the young adults in the work of testifying to the peace culture, "We hope that such initiative, to spread peace culture, to be everywhere such as or even better than the International Committee of the Red Cross. But, unfortunately wars still exist, so we ought to protect and support victims of the armed conflicts and to spread the DPCW; we have to continue our humanitarian steps towards achieving the world peace independently and fairly."

After the peace march, there was a time of discussion on what kind of effort to be invested to achieve peace along with what kind of work must take part in. The questions on why we need peace and whether one will participate in the urge of the enactment of international law campaign or not were asked to each other, and furthermore, it was a time of motivation for the youths as they took the opportunity to conceive and exchange their suggestions.

Lastly, the palm prints were branded on Tunisia's flag hoping for the true peace, and the youths voluntarily notified the citizens regarding the Legislate Peace Campaign, and finished the event with a lot more people joining the campaign. 

The participant leaders and members have expressed that such peace work needs to be continued in Tunisia and showed their desire to progressively work with the IPYG for the true world peace to be accomplished. 

Also, they have promised to hold another peace walk event with even more young adults gathered on the 25th of May next year. It was an event that allowed us to be aware that the young adults must become the peace advocates to proclaim peace in the front line, in order to cease all wars occurring in the world and to achieve peace.

Now, we expect the young adults of Tunisia to become one and gather hearts through many more upcoming peace works to bring peace slowly.

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Shouting for Peace in Central Juba

JUN 2017

Wave of Peace Sweeps Over Juba, South Sudan

On May 25th, the day when the whole world shouts for peace, South Sudan also took part in celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace by hosting a peace walk at the KAPUKI high school located in Juba.

This day was particularly special because the youth, who can be called the stars of this day, gathered from over ten different schools in Juba to commemorate the event. Including local citizens and the general public, about five thousand people celebrated this event together on this day. Comprised of songs, dances, plays, and peace performances prepared by students of each school, the event was a bright festivity. While the event was scheduled to last from 10AM to 12PM, the event was extended to 2PM due to the fervent support of the students and people- with many commenting that they would like to see more events like this being hosted regularly. This particular peace walk commemorating the 4th Anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace was unlike any other peace walk events hosted in South Sudan in the past; which reinforced the mindset behind the DWP by bringing together students from over ten different schools.

Through the DWP from HWPL, the students in attendance were able to recognize the value of peace and the role of young adults in achieving peace, as well as the importance of autonomously making their voices heard in order to achieve peace.

Especially for this day, students from each school voluntarily prepared songs, dances, and plays with the message of peace days leading up to the event. Those in attendance of the event on this day stated it was a time truly overflowing with peace which they were able to enjoy with a joyful heart.

During an interview, a staff member who partook in every step in preparation of the event shared with the crowd about the role and the duty of young adults. His message lit fire in the hearts of the students when he stated, “As the decision-makers who have the power to create a peaceful future, let’s each become a messenger of peace in order to achieve our dream of peace so that we can recount to our descendants about how the nation of South Sudan who was in middle of a war became a nation of peace.”

However the highlight of the event was undoubtedly when the messages of peace from about 500 students and civilians were delivered to the UN refugee camp. The students and civilians who attended the event wrote messages with words of comfort and hope for peace, in effort of communicating hope to people of the refugee camp who have lost their families and homes to war.

When asked the question about how challenging it had been to prepare everything for the event on-site without any support, Immanuel, who hosted this peace walk following the South Sudan Peace Concert in Juba past February answered that he does not desire any compensation. Immanuel also stated that if he were to be given any reward for his efforts and sacrifices, it would be for peace to be achieved. He also shared his determination to not stop here, but to continually work towards peace alongside the IPYG with the WARP Summit scheduled to take place in South Korea in coming September as well as the Peace Concert scheduled for November in South Sudan.

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Peace walk & Peace Harmony Discussion in Bangladesh

JUN 2017

Plant the peace values with HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Bangladesh

The dean of Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College in Bangladesh, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah, who is also a publicity ambassador for HWPL and the head of the Peace Advocacy Committee, is striving to educate the students about the mindset of peace.

He has already been recognized for his works in many peace movements including the development of the DPCW into an international legally binding law and various IPYG education seminars to teach the students of the culture of peace. This year, as we welcome the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace, he joined the IPYG together with many students in the peace march and peace discussions to promote peace. This event proceeded in two parts: the peace walk and the peace discussion. In order to make this event a meaningful one, the IPYG and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah began to plan for the event about a month in prior, meeting 5 times to discuss on the peace topic and the event programs. The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members joined held two preliminary meetings as well.

In the first part of the event, during the peace walk, the teachers at Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and the members of Digonto, a youth organization, made about 2,000 peace posters, 100 pickets, and 4 banners that represent the students’ desire for peace. In response to their effort, the students marched on to convey the message of peace to the whole world.

Although it was over 35 searing degrees Celsius, 3,000 students from Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and its 6 other affiliated schools, members from 5 NGOs (Digonto Foundation, AKM Foundation, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Foundation, SHKSC Ex SCOUT FORUM, Bangladesh Teachers Association), and students from Dhaka University and Jogonnath University all gathered for the peace walk with peace as their common goal and to spread the message of peace to their community.

The second part of the event was the peace discussion, in which 300 college students and 100 faculty members joined to discuss about the direction of peace that the students want and practical solutions to achieve peace. Unlike a lecture in which information is simply delivered from one party to another, the event was held more in a free discussion manner in which the students also had their input in educating fellow members about peace.

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah who oversaw this event expressed his joy in that this event helped many to understand the value of peace in their everyday lives and helped to spread the message of peace all throughout Bangladesh. Furthermore, he shared his determination to work even harder to help the students to understand how important and valuable it is to make peace and maintain it. Ismail Hossain Zabad, the head of Digonto, said that it felt like he was truly walking on a path of peace during the peace march. The reason for success, according to Zabad, was the participation from various social strata and the united action from the students. Leading a Digonto which mainly consists of youth members, Zabad explained that the youth population is influential in maintaining peace and therefore promised to continue to work closely with the IPYG and HWPL.

With the help of Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members of Bangladesh, these students who are equipped with the mindset of peace will be at the forefront of bringing waves of peace to Bangladesh and they will further strive to work with IPYG to spread the mindset and culture of peace to many more students.

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