The International Peace Youth Group have youths working to prevent war and leave peace as an inheritance for future generations. This is done by planting the mindset and importance of peace into other youths and children through educational activities. From the many activities, the peace art contest that received much attention and love from the children around the world will be introduced.
The cultural education program for adolescents is an important foundation through which the youths grow in virtue. Through various cultural experience activities, youths develop deep cultural values and principles. Regrettably, many children around the world are not provided with the same opportunity to receive an education, which is due to the restraints in nations with frequent war or nations that do not provide fundamental education. Still, everyone has the right to enjoy peace. Therefore, IPYG planned a peace art event for the youths, who are our future, to instill the importance and the heart of the desire for peace. The IPYG peace art contest was held with the purpose to discover the capability of the future of our world, the children. Let us take a look at this.
- War-Trodden Uganda Draws the Hope of Peace
2016 December 1 / Uganda / Nwoys Anaka Primary School
In the district of Nwoya, a large-scale event was attended by 1600 people. Uganda has a history of frequent war, so the citizens yearn for peace more than any other nations. That is why ‘death, kidnap, rape, violation of human rights, the restriction of media and expression of innocent citizens from war’ is what the children of Uganda first thought of when asked about peace. However, the innocent Ugandan children momentarily forgot about the dark and painful war through dancing together to the music composed by a Ugandan composer, and they were impressed during the time of signing in support of the DPCW.
- The Innocent Hearts of Children That Cannot Be Bought
2017 January 13 / Nepal / Kalika Secondary School, Nepal Kailali District
The principal of Gurukul Academy, Sunita Suri, hosted this event because she believed that drawing pictures is the best method for children, who transcend race, language, gender, and age, to express their creativity. In Nepal, there is a course called CEA (Creativity Expressions and Art) that organizes artistic activities such as drawing. This particular event was special because the peace art contest conveyed the children's views of peace. The students of Nepal illustrated peace as school, children, doves, helping people with disabilities, and coexisting. They expressed peace as a simple yet beautiful world where people help each other. The participants mentioned that when everyone described their drawings, unlike the intention of the artist, it was fun to see how the all drawings were viewed differently.
- Youths of Egypt Hope to Become More Familiar with Peace Than Violence
2016 December 18 / Egypt / Ensan Aid Foundation
The youths of Egypt gathered under the theme of world peace and coexistence. Youths who participated in this event had a chance to earnestly contemplate about the importance of the cessation of war and world peace. Also, they sincerely felt the need to host this workshop more often to save the youths from war and spread the peace culture all over Egypt. Dr. Mahmoud Abdelwahab Elsaman hosted this event because it was uncommon for the youths in Qena to gather under the theme of peace and coexistence so, he wanted to spread the importance of peace to the youths. Furthermore, endless efforts to provide an opportunity in education will be made so that as the decision makers of the future, the youths will be correctly educated on violence, the importance of peace and contribute in achieving world peace.
- Becoming One in Peace, Thailand’s Peace Art Contest
2017 January 6 / Thailand / Unified Learning Center (ULC) & Kuraburi Learning Center (KLC)
An IPYG & FED Peace Art Contest was held in Thailand. There were various contests held before but a peace themed art contest was a first. At the start of the contest, the children viewed it as a simple drawing event so they had little expectations. However, the children became more interested as they imagined peace and drew doves, nature, earth, people holding hands and becoming one. A sculpture drawing was held in Thailand and as the pieces were combined it completed a big picture. Just like this, when the people of peace gather it will achieve a world of peace. Saw Mu Doh, the Education Program Assistant Coordinator of Foundation for Education and Development, hopes that cultural activities similar to this will soon deliver peace to the society of Myanmar and Thailand.
A child who participated in the peace drawing said it was fun to see how other people interpreted his drawing. Like this, the image of peace may be different for everyone. One can say that in order to achieve peace there needs to be fights, war, and death. However, peace in the childrens drawings portrayed the actual peace we desire which is not war and death but coexistence and life. Peace is achieved through love and respect, not harm. We were able to relate to the peace we truly desire through the childrens drawings. Furthermore, to achieve peace in the world as the innocent children portrayed, we need to fulfill our duties for peace.