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Megan Moon

DEC 2017 

Empowering the Youth through Humane and Peace Education

Ms. Megan Moon is the president and founder of Humane Education Coalition, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the field of humane education for the betterment of all living things, including animal, environmental and human rights. She came across IPYG as she was researching for international youth organizations and was quickly amazed at the extensiveness of IPYG’s work and the great number of affiliates we have globally.

Q1.  How did you first become concerned about the issues of the youth and peace?

A1: We believe peace education is a fundamental human right, and peace education is a primary sector of HEC. Although people may associate "Humane Education" as just animal rights, it's more than that. Humane Education involves creating a more just and compassionate world for people, animals and the environment. Therefore, humane education includes empowering the youth and peace education is part of that.


Q2. In your opinion, what is the greatest social challenge faced by the youth in your country?

A2: Lack of access to tools--reliable tools also--for youth to make impactful decisions. We have many passionate and enthusiastic youth, but the youth often are underestimated (we make assumptions that youth are already being educated in schools and will learn the things they need to in class, and/or we assume through just growing up, they will become aware/educated). But that's not true, which is why this coalition is about delivering the humane education they need.


Q3. What kind of youth activities have you done with your organization or by yourself? Have there been any changes to the youth related activities which you undertake? If so, what is it?

A3: Currently, we are in the beginning stages of meeting with other agencies and connecting with them still. We've spoken with 175 orgs in 35 countries already. There are organizations that we work with who want to deliver education to the youth, but we need more representation of youth in general, which is why we reached out to IPYG. We have recently partnered with "Youth for the Voiceless", a starting / new organization that is run mainly by youth.


Q4. Why is peace work needed not only for America but for the world?

A4: It doesn't make sense that many organizations work independently with difficulties when there are so many opportunities to collaborate and support each other. We hope to see organizations globally work together to accomplish a bigger impact more efficiently as humane education is not only for America.


Q5. How would it be effective to empower the youth and create awareness in America with IPYG?

A5: We need to empower the youth by delivering the peace education they need. But to deliver education to youth requires a lot of steps, which is why a collaboration with agencies like IPYG is needed. Through HEC, we can offer the grant money, agency connections, and the tools and resources other agencies have already developed to make IPYG's objectives possible.


Megan clearly sees how the promotion of peace education aligns closely with her organization's mission to deliver humane education. She invites IPYG to be not only an affiliate of HEC, but also a partner in the strategic planning committee of HEC to unite the different non-profits in the world to deliver much needed peace education. She also offers IPYG the benefits of being a member of HEC, which includes offering grant money for our projects, free public relations, and free professional consulting from HEC's leadership committee.

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“Alone we can walk fast, together we can go far”

AUG 2017

Making the future as a playground with no discrimination, racism or any kind of violence

but only with happiness and friendship


Global Playground Stockholm is a non-governmental organization in Sweden aiming to promote sustainable development both locally and internationally by working with different countries around the world. It has conducted various projects to engage youth in social issues and empower their voice and rights in Swede community. Below is the interview with Aleh Kliatsko, president of the Global Playground Stockholm.


Q1. How did you first become concerned about the issues of the youth and peace?

In 2012, I established the NGO Global Playground Stockholm (GP) and became aware about the issues of environment, sustainability and youth participation in the democratic process of development. I have been working as a project manager at GP since December 2012, where I am responsible for communications, project management, training, event coordination, and funding.


Q2. In your opinion, what is the greatest social challenge faced by the youth in your country?

In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges related to youth in Sweden is to engage young people in society's various issues. The young people are the future generation that will eventually become decision makers or community builders. Global Playground’s vision is to create sustainability by combining science, art and creativity. By thinking globally and acting locally, we could achieve long-term sustainable development with more youth participation in this process.


Q3. What kind of youth activities have you done with your organization or by yourself? Have there been any changes to the youth related activities which you undertake? If so, what are they?

We run projects in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Spain, Kenya, Turkey and Moldova. We developed and organized more than 50 successful conferences and events for youth interested in sustainability issues. We coordinated three awareness campaigns in Sweden, Kenya and Turkey on different fields of Sustainability and gained significant social media coverage.


Q4. Why is peace work needed not only for Sweden but for the world?

Global Playground’s vision is a planet which is a playground for us and our kids. This playground has no racism or any kind of violence or discrimination. It is only happiness, friendship and cooperation for the sake of a green and clean future with fresh air and clean water. The “Playground” allows stakeholders to participate and shape their better future.


Q5. How would it be effective to empower the youth and create awareness in Sweden with IPYG?

Sustainable development means a development that links the environment with the social and economic aspects. In order to achieve sustainable development, a change of today's societies is required. By pushing the individual in the right direction, we change and achieve long-term sustainable development and open up for new opportunities and cooperation.


Q6. Please share any encouraging words to the peace family of IPYG.

My participation in the forum will focus on receiving information, creating new contacts with different organizations to find potential partners for future projects. Alone we can walk fast, together we can go far.


It is motivating to hear the story of Swedish youth and IPYG is glad to find out that our groups share many of the same goals in the pursuit of peace. We are expecting to work together with the Global Playground Stockholm team and achieve our goals together in the near future!

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What makes Malaysian youth shine?

JUN 2017

Interview with living book of peace, the principal of Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru


IPYG first met Ms. Lathakanan Haridass, the principal of Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru, when we were preparing for Karnival Aman Johor in March 2017. On the day of the event, Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru's students performed a flash mob to promote harmony among diverse races. Then, on March 28, 2017, IPYG was invited to talk about peace and host a Peace-Making Game at Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru. Through the talk and the game, students had the opportunity to understand how peace is possible when all the sectors of society work together as one. 

On May 19, 2017, IPYG and Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru again cooperated in organizing Youth Leaders Driving the Future Force, an interactive leadership seminar in commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. IPYG and Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru have been inspiration for each other in the work of peace. Such cooperation to build peace in Malaysia would have been difficult without the support of Ms. Lathakanan Haridass.

Below is an interview with Ms. Lathakanan Haridass.


Q. What made you interested and motivated you to work for youth/student peace activities? And what is your vision for the future?

It is my intrinsic belief that peace should be felt and realized. My motivation on peace arose few years ago, during my postgraduate studies. We were discussing about multicultural education in different countries and participants were university students/ scholars internationally. All of us share beautiful cultural background. This effort created understanding among us, broadened our knowledge, and reduced prejudice and skepticism among us. The understanding helped us to work along our studies. So, it derives the interest from me to do research among students on understanding multicultural values. When I first told this idea to most of my lecturers it was rejected, most of them afraid that it might lead to political view or racism. However, my husband Kanan Krishnan stood with me and encouraged to move forward and have faith. My objective is simple: just “to understand the problem that stops people from living peacefully in Malaysia and to resolve it”.

My first research received a very average mark, pulling down my pointers as most of the professors are looking for tangible or market value driven products that is worthy to be researched and they felt this was an argumentative and subjective matter. However, my determination had led me; Dr Zainudin Hassan was willing to be my supervisor. Hence, I proceeded my research with his guidance. I published my first write up on “Konvensyen Jiwa Pendidik 2014” and my second paper was published at Term Of Reference (Tor) 3rd Joint International Seminar Religious Education In A Diverse Society: Promoting Civil Religion & Deliberative.

From my research studies I came to understand that students need to have knowledge on different culture and creation of interaction among different culture in a positive and creative way that will lead towards a better understanding; thus society will have unity and peace. Therefore, throughout my lectures and college management I always promote such activities to reduce prejudice among our youth and to cultivate peace.

Vision for future is simple: A diversified society living in love and peace!


Q. What is the most memorable peace activity that you have done with your college students? How did it affect the society or the students?

The memorable peace activity was when we took an initiative to create a multicultural flash mob for peace. The effect was certainly positive and it was a huge success. My girls and boys have started to mingle regardless of race and ethnicity. Through singing and dancing, more interaction among them was created. They learned the dance of different culture, understood the culture, performed the dancing together, and enjoyed it! It was beautiful to watch an Indian dancing with a Malay song, a Malay dancing with a Korean song, and a Chinese dancing with an Indian song gracefully. My kids (I prefer to call my students/youths this way) are together now, they are more tolerable among each other and they have learned to respect and live together in peace. As before this they had limited interaction and been carried away by stereotypes about how certain race kids will be. Certainly flash mob had flushed out the negativity.

What kind of activities makes students aware of peace?

I strongly feel activities that invoke student’s inner feelings will leave a great impact towards their understanding and experience. As such, dancing and singing are the best ways that to inculcate kids happiness and joyfulness. Thus, indirectly helping to cultivate love and peace among the kids for a long term basis.


Q. What made Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru keep cooperating with the IPYG?

The openness, understanding and shared vision of creating peace had been keeping us to be with IPYG. We felt students should have cultural intelligence or cultural quotient to enable them to attain the capability to work across the culture especially in a globally connected society in the 21st century, thus, helping my kids indirectly to become holistically developed individual in a rapidly progressing competitive society.


Q-1. What kind of worries, thoughts, and interests do Malaysian youth have?

  Worries and Thoughts

- Prejudice among Malaysian youth

- Stereotyping among youth

- Increasing of social tension among youth

- Less social interaction

- Less cultural literacy

- Misinterpretation of Culture



- Love dance and singing


Q-2. To resolve such worries, what do you think youth should do?

i) Youth should be more involved in cultural intelligence workshop – however, this is quite less in Malaysia. In the case of existing activities, very less participation are received due to unawareness of the activities and workshop.

ii) Get involved in cultural activities of other ethnicity to understand and learn – on going at the moment by political leaders engagement in cultural activities. Such as, during Muslim fasting month there is always engagement of Non-Muslim to join them for break fasting. This also happens in schools, workplace and NGO’s.

iii) Engage more on NGO’s activities to broaden knowledge and in helping to create a society that attain cultural literacy to live peacefully.


Q-3. Accordingly, what do you think the IPYG should do in Malaysia?

i) Create more peace conference, idea sharings and workshops

ii) Spread the peace creatively through singing and dancing for example flash mob – everyone especially youth enjoy this. It helps create a positive impact in a long term basis

iii) Lead importance of cultural intelligence – as some youth and parents feel it is a waste of time; with awareness, creation of cultural understanding could be inculcated and peacefulness can be achieved.


Q. Messages to the youth around the world

Every individual is beautiful on their unique way, the culture is beautiful, the religion is beautiful, the teachings and values are beautiful too. When we learn to look only to the beauty of the individual and start loving, peace is attained!


We are very glad to meet a person who sincerely cares about peace and for the youth. We further look forward to cooperating with Cosmopoint College Johor Bahru in building the peaceful future for Malaysia. Our next step together will be Global Peace Leadership Program, a peace initiative to spread the culture of peace in Malaysia.

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Together we are youth pioneers of peace

MAY 2017

Starting today we will change the world

Since 2013, the IPYG has been carrying out an online peace project called “Speak Up Your Voice” which is organized to build diverse and peaceful youth community around the globe through promoting active interactions between youth from various countries and cultures. “Speak Up Your Voice” provides the platform for the youth to have discussion on the ways to make a better society through their own voice. At the end of last month, European Youth Community, one of the leading youth organizations in East-central Ukraine, also participated in the project and co-hosted the event with the IPYG members in Korea. During the event, Alevtyna Chuprina, the chairperson of EYC, shared valuable stories of Ukrainian youth communities and current policies of Ukraine on Ukrainian students. Below is the interview with Alevtyna after the event.


Q1. What motivated you to work for peace and harmony in your country?

-       I was raised by my parents in a belief that people have to be respectful to each other, be truthful and helpful to each other. My friends and relatives support same way of thinking.

Q2. What is the priority in the agenda of youth policy in Ukraine?

-       Giving good education to young people.

Q3. Please tell us one method you would like to suggest to educate youth the values of peace, harmony, and tolerance.

-      The methods of non-formal education are ones of the most valuable. We conduct workshops and seminars for youth where we together with participants take part in different activities so that young people can practice the knowledge which they get from us.

Q4. Could you introduce "Speak Up Your Voice" to other Ukrainian youth? Please tell us about your experience freely.

-       The idea of the project is nice and it’s good to share it with other organizations. When we planned to take part in this project we gathered some Ukrainian young people together and made an agenda of how it would be done. While we were drawing pictures and preparing for taking photos we had interesting conversations with our youth about human rights and peace-building.

Q5. What will you do to build peaceful society in your community and in the world?

-       I can keep doing what I already do: create and conduct educational projects for youth, promote peace-building, respect and obeying human rights.

Q6. What activities or projects do you further hope to organize in Ukraine with IPYG members in Korea?

-       It would be nice to have intercultural event in Ukraine where Korean and Ukrainian cultures would be presented.

Q7. After your participation in "Speak Up Your Voice" with IPYG members in Korea, what message would you like to give them?

Living in different parts of the world we both want one thing – peace and harmony in all the countries. Also it’s important to remember your history and keep the culture. And Ukraine always welcomes citizens of South Korea.


The event was an important platform to exchange challenges faced by youth in both countries. Both IPYG and EYC were sincerely motivated and ready to seek opportunities to provide young people with educational activities, through which they can learn the values of harmony, equality, and peace.

At the end of the event, there was a truly touching moment for both sides to recognize how much they have become open and welcoming to each other. Together, they promised to continuously support the valuable works for youth in Ukraine and Korea.

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Working for 50 Years for Youth and a Better Future

APR 2017

Looking Back on the Last 50 Years in Morocco

At the end of last year, the IPYG cooperated with various organizations that perform volunteer activities and developed a project that would instill the value of volunteering among the youth. As they were preparing for this project, they learned about an organization called ACJ Morocco. At that time, the IPYG saw pictures of the members of ACJ painting a mural with children who live in the desert. The members of the IPYG were deeply moved by this volunteer activity which was done to create a better future for the children living in various parts of Morocco. From then onwards, the IPYG has been cooperating with ACJ.

The IPYG and ACJ Morocco have agreed to build youth camps in three places in July and August. Prior to this, Mr. Monsif gathered 200 students at a university and watched a video on how members of the IPYG are working to achieve peace in conflict areas. Through the video, many students were inspired by the work done by the IPYG.

The following is an interview with Mr. Hagouchi Abderrahim, the Head of International Relations of ACJ.

Q1. How did you first become concerned about the issues of the youth and peace?

- Our idea is to involve young people in building a strong nation, after French colonization which lasted from 1912 to 1956, in several fields; including economic, social and cultural development, through participatory democracy. On the basis of these findings, young Moroccans, mainly intellectuals, have undertaken to participate in volunteering activities in order to improve the ability of many of the citizens by sharing their know-how.

Q2. What kind of youth activities have you done with your organization or by yourself? Have there been any changes to the youth related activities which you undertake? If so, what is it?

- The main activities we do in the organization are volunteering activities in public places, such as gardening, development of schools, orphanages, youth centers, handicapped Hospitals etc.

We realize that these young people are oriented towards other interests because of the means of distraction which are within their reach (means of communication which is easily acquired).

To overcome this, awareness and training programs are scheduled to allow these young people to realize the danger that surrounds them.

Q3. What is the current situation in Morocco, and what do the youth think about this issue? What do you think the youth have to do in this situation?

- In Morocco, as in many countries, the youth can categories into; those who are independent and are not interested in their community, and others who are focus on academia to develop their knowledge or those undecided students. In my opinion, young people must participate more in building up a personality of equality, brotherhood and peace towards others.

Q4. What events or projects have impressed you or had the biggest impact on you in recent years?

- Our participation in a number of events at national and international level, including steps against wars in the Middle East, participation in international and Mediterranean social forums against racism and xenophobia, aid and training for Sub-Saharan immersion are among some of them.

Q5. How would you like to cooperate with IPYG?

- We wish to further develop our relationship with IPYG in the field of the exchange of experiences, volunteering and meetings for the benefit of young people.

Q6. Please share with us what you would like to say to the youth all over the world.

- Youth of the world, unite to fight against these arms dealers who kill the innocent only to enrich themselves to the detriment of you and the future of your children.

This year marks the 4th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace, which specifically defined the respective roles of the political and religious leaders, representatives of civil organizations, media and especially the youth in achieving peace. 

ACJ Morocco, which has performed volunteer activities to build a better tomorrow for the youth in Morocco, plans to cooperate with the IPYG to hold an event on the 25th of May commemorating the Declaration of World Peace. 

The IPYG hopes that the 25th of May will be a day where the youth around the world become one through various peace initiatives.

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Yared Tsegay, Interview with African Monitor Senior research & monitoring specialist

MAR 2017

The Peace Message of Yared Tsegay, who is working for the bright future of South Africa

Yared Tsegay, the Senior Research & Monitoring Specialist of African Monitor, participated in the IPYG peace event held on 23rd of February in South Africa. He inspired many people with his speech about peace and the development of local society and economy.

Q1. What do you desire for the lives of the South African Youth?

A1. At this point in time, the high level of violence and lack of safety in the community is negatively affecting the wellbeing of youth in the country. So it’s quite important that South African youth live in a peaceful environment.

Q2. What do you think is desperately needed for South Africa to achieve peace?

A2. We need to look at the socio-economic variables that result in a high level of violence and crime in the society. The high level of inequality and poverty in the society need to be addressed for any lasting peace to prevail. There should be initiatives to rebuild and empower the family and communities to assert themselves.

Q3. What do you want to say to people in South Africa or all over the world, as a message for peace?

A3. In South African context, to build peaceful society has to start by building an equal society in all its forms and empowering communities. We should not look at peace separate from it socio-economic context.

At the global stage – securing peace is an ideal we all aspire to. However securing peace will require us to confront the drivers of conflict in all its forms. We should be frank in articulating these sources of conflict and deal with within the United Nations framework.

Q4. Please share any encouraging words to the peace family of IPYG. 

A4. I think it is a good initiative. It involves young people and trying to make them champions of peace. In terms of South Africa, most of the violence is committed by young people. So trying to involve young people in South Africa, learning to resolve conflicts, and peace communication effects; I think that has a great impact.

Yared Tsegay, who works to make people live with dignity in a legitimate society under good governance and where human rights are respected, hopes peace culture is spread throughout the local society.

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Peace Maker

FEB 2017

We found Peace Maker while looking for a singer on Facebook for the peace song project for Sudan and South Sudan. They helped us a lot with this project including recommending people to record a peace song and a producer to help work on a song. Peace Maker also performed a "peace song" at a peace concert held on Feburary 25 in South Sudan.


Q. Why did you choose 'Peace Maker' as your Nickname? Is there any special reason?

It is a fan based nickname. I have done a lot of peace songs calling for an end to war since 2013.


Q. How do you feel about joining this Peace Song Project?

I feel honoured. Of course many artists out there in the IPYG chose to work with me and I am ready to see what we achieve in the world together.


Q. How eager are the youth in South Sudan for Peace?

They are 100 percent eager for peace. If you go through social media posts you can know youths are tired of war. In my country we greet people with two fingers pointing up as a sign of peace.


Q. And what do you think is the most important thing for the youth in South Sudan now?

Education. Formal and informal education on peace would really help people to live together.


Q. Do you have any plans to achieve peace in the world, including South Sudan as 'Peace Maker'?

I have started already since 2013 with the results that everybody calls me peace maker. It is not easy to live up to that but I have tried.


Q. Please share any encouraging word to the peace family of IPYG.

It is a good course to plan to achieve peace in the world. I know what you currently started is what the people of the world need. Please don’t give up regardless of whatever challenge you come across. You know when we get peace in the world you would have saved a million lives.  You are on the mission of life saving especially in Africa and above all in my country. Things would really be good for us. IPYG is the best group I have worked with. Full of peace loving youths.

Peace Maker is making peace known to the youth around the world through music. Likewise, we hope peace is spread throughout the world in various ways through talented individuals.

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Oman IPYG Promoting Video

DEC 2016

Oman IPYG Promoting Video Made by Sultan Khalfan Al Abdali


 Mr. Sultan Khalfan Al Abdali is the founder and CEO of Target Photography Studios. He is a great man who contacted us personally after watching the 'Arirang' video clip online. He loves Korean cultures, especially Taekwondo which he has been learning for more than 10 years. Furthermore, he has been learning the Korean language as well as how to use chopstick since he participated in the 2nd Annual Commemoration of WARP summit in September, 2016.  Although he usually says that his circumstances are not good enough to support us well, we truly believe that he is a reliable cooperator who loves Korea as much as Oman.

1. Could you introduce what peace activities you have done so far?

I haven’t had many opportunities to work for peace projects but I have participate in many humanitarian events such as cleaning the beaches, helping the poor, bringing smiles to the workers that take care of our country. After attending the WARP summit in September 2016, I made an IPYG promotional video with dearest heart for peace.

2. What kind of country is Oman? How do the youth in Oman define peace?

Oman is a Muslim, Arabic country in the Middle East. The youth in Oman care so much about world peace and believe that we can achieve peace by respecting others’ opinions.

3. What role can the youth play in achieving peace?

I think it’s very important to gather the youth from all around the world to one large event and provide them with the opportunity to sit together and share their opinions and thoughts on how to spread love and respect. This is why I participated in the last WARP Summit. Now I feel as if I have a family in Korea. I hope many youth of the world can participate in these events to communicate and understand each other. I think this experience should be given to many more youth of the world.

4. You recently made a promotional video of IPYG with Omani kids. It has moved many youth of the world and made them work for peace more. What message do you want to spread through this video?

The idea of this video is to tell the world that every human is born with pure heart! As we have seen through the video, all kids have very pure hearts! First of all, did you know that these kids had never met each other before? It was their first time to meet but they smiled so beautifully to each other and became friends in just minutes! We also never told them what to say in the interviews. We just asked them what they would like to do for those kids around the world who are dying from wars and hunger. So the message is “Let’s all think like a child, with a pure heart”.


5. Please let us know what activities you want to do with IPYG in the future.

I don’t really know about all the projects which IPYG is doing so I can’t select one which fit me well. But I have a small idea of what you doing and I think it will help spreading IPYG popularity in Oman and maybe other country as well. In Oman and in all Gulf countries, people use social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. These are so famous and almost every youth in the Gulf countries have all of these social media applications on his or her mobile. So I think it would be great if IPYG convinced each group to create a video of their team and their activities which they did during their staying in Korea and IPYG should open a special page in social media to share all these videos from these various youth.

We hope to get build a stronger friendship between Mr. Sultan and IPYG in 2017 so that numerous youth in Oman may join IPYG.

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Abdul Aziz Noori, a law professor of Kateb University

OCT 2016

Abdul Aziz Noori, a law professor of Kateb University who attended the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, had an interview with a publicity manager of the IPYG on 17 September at Ibis Hotel. Believing that the DPCW is a definite solution for achieving peace in not only his own country but the world, Professor Noori is currently working as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Afghanistan, a country that has suffered from many conflicts and needs peace more than any other nation. He collected a letter of support for the DPCW from the president of Kateb University, and held an event at Kateb University where over 1,000 supporting signatures gathered. During this interview, Professor Noori noted that he was greatly impressed by HWPL’s groundbreaking Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and that he would return to his country and work to change the hearts of people through this declaration and peace education. He also expressed his determination to spread a culture of peace in Afghanistan. 


Q1. Can you introduce your university and activities with IPYG?

I’m Abdul Aziz Noori, I’m a law professor at Kateb University in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kateb University is a private university located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It is a well-known university in Afghanistan. We have about 3,500 students and about 600 students in the law department. We have about 20 student volunteers who work with the law faculty for peace. I was introduced to HWPL about six month ago and it is my first time to come to Korea to participate in the peace summit. After I was introduced to IPYG, I tried to continue our activities and we were in contact weekly, sometimes daily. Over the six months we had some tasks with HWPL. Our main activity for the six months was the signing campaign. I, with my colleagues in Kateb University and our students, campaigned in the university and got more than one thousand signatures from the students of Kateb University.


Q2. Do you have any idea what you will do in your country after this Summit?

Of course, my mind is full of ideas. Actually I’m not a politician or a government official, I don’t have an NGO. I’m just working in Kateb University and I really like my job. I think that in the university we have a lot of potential to work with IPYG and HWPL and work for peace. I have especially two ideas that are very important to me.

First is the Peace Academy because we need to change the mind of people. We need to change the culture of people. We need to introduce peace to every student. We need to say to the people that they should compare society with peace and society without peace. I think it is very important for us. Peace academy is a chance for me to have a lot of students and then have them learn about peace and not just saying that peace is good. We can have a lot of deep studies about peace. For example, “What is the main source of conflicts in Afghanistan?” Religious intolerance and legal intolerance are the main cause of conflicts in Afghanistan. We can focus on that and solve the problems of legal intolerance among the religious intolerance in Afghanistan. We can focus on racial discrimination and racial conflicts because Afghanistan has a lot of racial conflicts. So I suppose that we can change the mind of students and a lot of people in society through the Peace Academy. 

Second, I would like to have a relationship with HWPL and create opportunities for students. For example, they can learn from some books about peace from a university in Korea. Other activities could be for students that have good potential. Because they are young they can learn many things, and of course they can participate in the UN for peace. Possibly even some of the students could be the leader of Afghanistan in the future. I’m sure I will see one of our students be tomorrow’s president. They have a lot of potential. We can change their mind through peace, we can do it. If we change their mind through peace, he can do it, she can do it, we can do it. We can share experiences and I’ll try to do these tasks.


Q3. Which article is innovative in the DPCW to you?

All articles are good and I think that the people who wrote it thought about it very much. Self-defense, it's very good. We just say we want a world without any war but sometimes it’s impossible. So every country in this world needs to have self-defense. And the freedom of religion is really good, so interesting to me. I believe that everyone has his idea and his religion. But unfortunately, one of the biggest problems in common society is the freedom of religion.

Overall, I hope that the Signing Campaign can move the Declaration to the UN General Assembly. And all the people and HWPL can manage all the countries. And after that, all the countries can accept it in the General Assembly, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For example, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was accepted with the countries and the legal system of countries has changed based on that. When we can take this to the General Assembly accepted by the nations, their legal system will change. Their political system will also be changed. And it is very good for the future, I’m sure that it will be.


Q4. How can youth keep the law?

I think the future is for the youth. Afghanistan youth don’t have any idea of peace. They don’t know what peace is and they can’t imagine peace. For example, people can respect each other and can go out at midnight and walk along the street and go back home without fear of an explosion. Youth can’t imagine this peaceful lifestyle. I think the role of youth is really important. 


Q5. Can you give youth a peaceful message?

Living in a peaceful world is your right because it is your future. 


IPYG hopes a culture of peace will soon blossom in Afghanistan, which has suffered long from conflicts, and many youth will enjoy peace. 

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Romania, Interview with President of Master Peace Romania

JUL 2016

The Message about Peace and Peace Education from Marian Dragomir, the President of Master Peace Romania
He is Marian Dragomir, the president of Master Peace Ro Association and Expert Trainer at EU-COE Youth Partnership. He said “it is my honor to represent IPYG in Romania.”

Q. What made you cooperate with HWPL and the IPYG?

A. Romania, as you may or may not know, has been under a dictatorship until 1989. After we had some troubled years and we entered the European Union in 2008 which brought us a sense of peace and prosperity. 
Unfortunately, this sense of peace in the last years has been shuttered and, as a representative of Master Peace, I have tried to offer my community some tools to reflect on our role in the world and our sense of peace. 
Thus, I have started to seek some of the best NGOs in the world that work on peace-building activities and, by fortune, I have found IPYG, thus our communication led me to understand that we need to have such a structure present in Romania as a way of ensuring our better understanding what peace is and how we can learn from the past mistakes and may thus create a better future. 
I am a believer that through this collaboration, I can offer my family, my friends and my community, including my country, a better view of what needs to be done to achieve peace. Inner peace can be achieved only when we have exterior peace, and in these troubled times it is important for all of us to start building a real community of people that are dedicated to fostering peace.

Q. I heard that you teach students. As you know, IPYG is complementing peace education with through HWPL’s Peace Education. Could I ask for your opinion on students getting peace education?

A. I think that peace education might be linked with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which calls for the elimination of all forms of both overt and structural violence, and the creation of a society based on the principles of justice and peace. 
Thus, peace education might represent a way in which we might teach the prevention and resolution of all forms of conflict and violence. 
We need to teach peace because we should reflect on the fact that violent behavior does not occur in a vacuum. It is present within the context of the family, peer group, the community and the larger society and thus teaching from early in life what are the principles of peace we might form youngsters that are embracing peace.
We should focus on how youngsters could become aware of the issue (peace and conflict) and how we could transmit knowledge and skills pertaining to the issue of peace that means we should focus in new attitudes and values.

Q. And could I ask for your idea on the contents of peace education and what else could be included?

A. I am a firm believer that peace education should be based in developing a school climate that is based on real models of peaceful behavior in the relationships between all members of the school community: teachers, parents, and children. 
Thus we should teach and should act in accordance to the principles of equality and non-discrimination having in mind all the time the models of peace e-building that already exists in the community. Also, such an endeavor should focus on integrating understanding of peace, human rights, social justice and global issues throughout the curriculum whenever possible. 
All of this might be added in a larger context where the community might become a forum for the explicit discussion of values of peace and social justice. 
Not the least, I think that one of the important things is to use teaching and learning methods that promote participation, cooperation, problem-solving and respect for differences based on non-formal methodology.

Q. Do you have any words that you want to say to people in the field of schools and education of the world?

A. I would like to reaffirm that peace is a fundamental condition in the realization of the fundamental human rights. Such a curriculum might be based on international laws like the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thus, we can implement legitimate peace education.
We must encourage children to understand the impact of rights on violations at home and abroad. We also let children develop empathy and solidarity to those whose rights have been denied. All of this should lead to the development of skills that will enable future adults to act in ways that uphold and promote rights, both themselves and others.


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