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JUN 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

Peace Blossoms in the Middle of the Streets
The youth of Nairobi begin to step forward toward world peace

 

As next year’s presidential election in Kenya is approaching, protests are taking place every week. In such a strained atmosphere, an exceptional peace event was held in the middle of the streets near Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on 29 May. The event was led by the IPYG affiliate organizations and their leaders, especially Mathias Osimbo, the president of Teachers Without Borders, Fiona Nzingo and Purity Thuo, the president and event organizer of MasterPeace Kenya, and Patrick Munene, the executive director of Leona Foundation.

Due to continuous protests, events can be held only with the permission of the police. At a sensitive time like this, the peace march continued nonetheless, as the participants were strongly determined to “leave peace as a legacy for future generations,” as HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee said.

The event began with an opening address, and they resolved again to work together as messengers of peace while the speeches of HWPL Chairman Lee and IWPG Chairwoman Kim were read out. After three speakers delivered their congratulatory remarks, the Kenya Peace Walk began. The participation of high school students especially enlivened the event, and during the peace walk, cars and people passing by cheered them up.

Fiona Nzingo, the president of MasterPeace Kenya, said, “It was an amazing experience to interact with young people during the walk, who genuinely wanted what's best for the country especially during these tricky conditions our country is facing. The energy they had during the walk was very encouraging. As we walked through the town, people were honking as they drove and encouraging our activities, so I think it was a good sign that we got the peace message across through the walk.”

The following is an interview with Mathias Osimbo, the president of Teachers Without Borders.

Q. What message would you like to forward to your president about the cessation of war and world peace?

A. I want to urge our President and other leaders to embrace Peace in Kenya and support all Peace initiatives and Peace organisations. Kenya is a country that requires conflict resolution through negotiations and by avoiding taking a strong on either side of the political divide.

Q. What can be done to allow many people in Kenya to become part of the peace signing campaign that supports the “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War”?

A. From the Peace walk and the willingness of many people to support peace, it is evident that the majority of Kenyans are for Peace. It is therefore up to IPYG and TWB to use all means available i.e the media, to sensitize many Kenyans about signing for Peace. From the few who have signed and embraced the idea with little or no questions. They are looking forward to a peaceful world and are ready to support peace initiatives.

Q. How did you feel when you saw people signing for peace?

A. When I saw students, teachers and their parents coming together with the citizens, lining up to sign, I got excited that so many people are tired of war and are ready to embrace Peace. 

Q. There are many peace walks in the world, but what do you think is different about the IPYG peace walk?

A. The IPYG Peace Walk has a clear goal to be achieved and is well organized. It is different since it is done worldwide with the intention of achieving world peace. The walk has been successful in many countries and has achieved a lot.

Q. How is HWPL different from other peace organization?

A. HWPL has embraced all sectors that can help achieve peace in the world. It has incorporated World leaders, Religious leaders, Youth and Women who can influence the majority of those involved in wars. I therefore encourage HWPL to continue with this good work. I am willing to support and work with them to achieve peace in the world.

 

After the Peace Walk, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will be set up in Nairobi and Nakuru City. The committee will work together to urge Kenya and the international community to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War so that it can be developed into an enforceable law.

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Peace Talk in Russia

MAY 2016

"Peace Talk," a peace conference

where youths around the world become one through “peace”

 


 

"Peace Talk," a youth peace conference, aims to unite peace-loving youths around the world. Though distance separates them, youths around the world give presentations on topics related to peace, share the messages of peace, and discuss solutions for achieving world peace. The Peace Talk began in Nepal in March of this year and was also held in various CIS countries such as Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus and more. More people have been participating in the talk.

 

At the Peace Talk in the CIS region, which took place on April 2nd, Vitali Maximov, the representative of Youth Public Organization Altera in Belarus, stressed that “since peace is not the work of an individual, the United Nations and many peace organizations are cooperating with us." He added, "Since we are living in this era, it is our responsibility to solve the problems of this era that might be passed down to the future generations. We have to respect our own countries and neighboring countries, and also hold events with youths that can change cultures.” He also pledged to support the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war and to urge others to do the same. At the Peace Talk in Sweden last April 9th Professor Johannes Landgren of University Gothenberg, the head of Music Against Violence said, "Some countries are being threatened or hindered in their country’s development by the powerful nations of Permanent Members. In order to solve these serious problems, more peace activities should be conducted all over the world so that the United Nations can fully take part in the peace work." He also added that he would like to support and cooperate with peace works of HWPL and the IPYG.

 

Through the Peace Talk, the youth leaders realized the importance of the youth’s roles in creating a world of peace and resolution to do peace works that will bring about peace not only in their own countries but also all over the world. Hopes are high that more youth organizations will participate in the Peace Talk to spread messages of peace, and youths will achieve world peace soon by uniting all the youths of the world as one.

 

 

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HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee

MAY 2016

After the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March 2016, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace was officially launched. The Committee, comprised of women and youth members of different nationalities, is working around HWPL, IWPG, and IPYG to advocate the preparation of a legally binding instrument inspired by the DPCW, and its implementation by all States. The members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will raise awareness in their respective countries and regions about the need for legally binding provisions that ensure global peace and cessation of war, and invite all citizens to join the work of peace.


Delhi, India
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Delhi Begins the Work of Advocating the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
“If any head of state refuses to support this Declaration, he or she will be remembered as the head of state who hated peace and wanted war. This will be recorded in history, and the leader’s stance will be questioned by future generations.”
                                                                                                                         - HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee

Indian society responded to the peace message of Mr. Lee. Leaders in the fields of law and education, as well as of women and youth groups in India stepped up to support the efforts of HWPL to ensure the cessation of war by international law. Comprised of these leaders, the Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was established. Its official launching ceremony was held in Delhi on 2 April, where the members pledged their determination to work for peace.  


The Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is composed of the four following members: Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, lawyer of the Supreme Court of India; Mr. Amit Kumar Singh, lawyer of Lex Delhi Legal Consultants; Ms. Praveen Roy, principal of Samsara the World Academy; and Ms. Bidyut Mohanty, head of Women's Studies Department at the Institute of Social Sciences. These members, who are leaders in different fields of society, will promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) in India and collect supporting signatures so that the Declaration can be acknowledged and adopted by the United Nations. Some of the activities will include promoting through media and social networking services, holding student debating competitions and essay contests on the theme of peace, and providing peace education. Through such activities, the branches of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in India and other parts of the world will gather support for the campaign and collect supporting signatures, which will be submitted to the United Nations asking for the reinforcement of existing international law. About 40 guests from various organizations and fields who attended the launching ceremony in Delhi also signed their support for the DPCW.

 At the beginning of all these actions was the DPCW, which was drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, comprised of 20 international law experts from 16 countries, including India, under the guidance of Chairman Man Hee Lee. Finally on 14 March, the DPCW was proclaimed in South Korea. “HWPL’s Declaration is a historical Declaration that will protect humanity,” Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, a lawyer who attended the Proclamation Ceremony, said. He stressed that the Declaration is the solution to restore peace in the world, saying “The day of our long-awaited dream to be realized is drawing near with the efforts of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee.” Also, Mr. Mohd Umair Yunus, an HWPL youth representative from Amity School of Engineering, said at the Proclamation Ceremony, “I will use social media to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and gather a lot of support from the youth.” Ms. Praveen Roy, the principal of Samsara the World Academy, expressed her determination to work for peace and carry out a signing campaign to collect 10,000 supporting signatures. 

They will promote the DPCW to the people of India and gather signatures of support so that the Declaration can quickly develop into a binding law that ensures global peace. 

Find more information on the DPCW and participate in the online signature campaign at www.peacelaw.org. 


Beijing, China
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee Appointment Ceremony Successfully Held in Beijing

 On April 13th, 2016, the branch office of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) in Beijing, China, held the Appointment Ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, and the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. The event, hosted by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and sponsored by Jingsh Law Firm in Beijing, drew 40-plus distinguished guests from diverse sectors including law, press, culture, youth, and corporate. Leaders and experts of various fields discussed practical advocacy strategies for peace and cessation of war as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event consisted of four programs—“Introduction of the IPYG and IWPG, and Introduction of international law,” “Discussion on future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war,” “Appointment ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee,” and “Signing ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”

The video highlights of the Advocacy Seminar on the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, hosted by HWPL and organized by the IPYG Beijing Branch on March 26th, were shown as the opening video.

Li Mingkun, president of China Expo magazine, remarked in his congratulatory speech, “If war no longer existed and peace reigned in this world, the lives of humanity would become more beautiful.” He continued, “The most incredible thing is that despite his age of over 80 years, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee is notably taking the lead in the movement for world peace and cessation of war.” He added: “We must actively take part in this peace movement and urge everyone around us, including colleagues and family members, to join in this movement so that we can create a better world.” 

Afterwards, there was a discussion on the future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war that lasted over 30 minutes. After the discussion, Jiang Jin, CEO of Beijing Jump Bell Culture Media Co. LTD, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Beijing Office, gave a speech on the topic of “What is our role to effectively urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war?”

CEO Jiang Jin stated, “We must widely publicize the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to the youths around the world and encourage them to participate in this movement.” “Lastly, let us come together to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war.” He added that “it is a great honor to be a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He was appointed as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee along with Wang Yi Lin, matching consultant of Personal Five Elements Clothing Color, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Pei Bin, secretary of World Cheongsam Club Culture Department, was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee. 

Secretary Pei Bin said, “I am delighted to be attending this event, and I have understood the duty of this position as a chairman of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He also said, “We must take the lead in creating peace,” adding that he will do his utmost to fulfill his role as the chairman of the Committee. 

The Appointment Ceremony ignited peace in the hearts of all the participants. The Ceremony was followed by the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.” 

For 2 hours and 30 minutes, the distinguished guests in attendance engaged in a discussion under the topic of “The relations between the international law and me.” Also, they said that all people of the world, including youths, women, and members of the Committee, should have a strong sense of responsibility regarding bringing about peace. The fruits of peace borne through the efforts of the Committee will become an essential component of spreading the culture of peace. 

 

 


Tbilisi, Georgia
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi
Taking the first step toward the successful movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, in Georgia
 “ This work of peace is not something that belongs only to a certain individual or certain nation. It is a work in which all who live here in this world must be involved. That is why all family members of this world must be the messengers of peace so that we can all live a better life.” From Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee


On the 18th of March, the 1st Inauguration of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi was held at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. Around 20 youth and women leaders participated and 5 youths were appointed as committee members. It was a good time to learn about the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and the role of the committee. Moreover, all participants discussed how we can effectively create activity in Georgia to support the declaration and the international law. After the event, 3 more youths applied to join the committee. 
The women and youth are an especially active sector in Georgia and they shared their ideas on how they can cooperate with HWPL, IWPG and IPYG. Furthermore, the participants were impressed with Chairman Lee and HWPL’s worldwide peace movement. The collaboration of the remarkable peace movement of HWPL and the valuable ideas the local members made help all to look forward to a peaceful future in Georgia.


Below is the interview with Mede Tamazashvili (President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association) and Raul Labadze (Project Coordinator of Youth Association Studhub), who were appointed as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Mede Tamazashvili  President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association 

 

Q. Why did you decide to join in IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee? 

A. We also work on the peace projects supporting peace all around in Georgia. In Georgia, we have two frozen conflicts with Abkhazia and Ossetia since 1991-1992 as they fought to break away from Georgia. Also, as these days Georgia is in ethnically diversity, that’s why peace building in our country and all over the world is critically important. There is no doubt that we need to create a culture of peace and conflict free environment, and this is an area where the youth can involve in. Youth is an important sector in peace and conflict resolution and we should “BE THE CHANGE”. Youth can change the world by changing their attitudes towards people, tradition, religion and belief. This is one of the best ways to develop peace in our country, this movement will help people around the world to stand up for peace. Also, it will help local people to understand that they have the power to find their own solutions to solve conflicts and to build their own better futures. 


Q. As a committee leader, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. First of all it is very pleasure for me that I was chosen as a committee leader in Tbilisi. Our aim is to support the declaration and get 10,000 signatures in Georgia. I have to say that it will be difficult and require much effort, but we will do our best to reach our goals. We have a list of schools, where we will have meeting for peace academy and make presentations about what is meaning of this declaration and then we will get signatures. We will also make such presentations in the regions in Georgia. In addition, we are spreading this information to universities, by cooperating with students self-government. Secondly, in Georgia, social networks, as especially Facebook is very popular, we will spread the information via face-book. It is very lucky that all committee members have their own non-governmental organizations, so we will also get signatures from our own NGO members. We have a good plan for getting the signatures and I am sure that we have power, skills and abilities to support peace. Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

| Raul Labadze  Project coordinator of Studhub

 

Q. Why did you decide to join in the IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee? 
A. Peace is crucial for each country and especially for countries which is located in the South Caucasus as it’s one of the most complex regions across the world. I would like to promote peace in my country and highlight the importance of it. Furthermore, I appreciate and absolutely share the values and goals of IPYG. 


Q. As a committee member and publicity ambassador of IPYG, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. I am going to organize a small event at Tbilisi 59th Public school in order to introduce IPYG and collect signatures from teachers and students. Besides, I have already shared the online signature link to my community. 

The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi is going to work on three main plans. Firstly, to spread the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, we will hold an IPYG Flash Mob event with students and youths on 25th May, Peace Walk and we will create a Facebook page to effectively promote our peace movement. Secondly, we will host meetings with schools and universities and set up booths, in places where many people pass by and can easily join in. Lastly, not only in Tbilisi, but in other regions as well we are going to create HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee. 


Oslo, Norway
The youth are raising their voice for peace, all over the world including Europe. To that end, Norwegian young people have gathered as well to promote and share their ideas regarding their duty to urge the implementation of the international law to protect them from being sacrificed during wars and to pave the way for a peaceful future.

The first step of this peace movement, ‘The promotion of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ was held at the National Library of Norway on the 13th of April, 2016. During the event, the peace activities of HWPL, IPYG, and IWPG were introduced and ‘The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ drew special attention from attendees, who largely expressed positive responses on the spirit and goals of the event itself.

The attendees of the event which included five representatives from peace or youth organizations, are as follows: Frank Tomlinson (Vice-president of Bike for Peace), Abdulkadir Diriye (Director of Grace Center for Peace and Development), Limar Zhiyan (Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom), Monica Margareta Andrei (President of European Centre for Education and Training), Demostene Olariu (President of International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights Norway). And many youth members also gathered.

During the event, the peace movement of HWPL, IPYG, IWPG and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was introduced. Each representative was also given an opportunity to share their impression of the event as well. Through their brief speech, they agreed that the youth is a very important and powerful resource to achieve peace and their role is to urge heads of states to agree upon the implementation of the international law that protects civil society and promotes a culture of peace. Participants were also eager to know more about the plans regarding the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Norway.

Especially, Frank Tomlinson, Vice-president of Bike for Peace, stated that the purpose of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is noble. He agreed to promote the implementation of the international law with his bike tour projects. Another participant, Limar Zhiyan, Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom, stated that he is glad to have met IPYG which has the same wish, peace. He indicated his positive view towards the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, and promised to have a next meeting for further discussion.
Regular meetings were planned to be held every two weeks with related participants. The next meeting will be held on, the last week of April, and the participants will discuss how they can co-operate with the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s signing campaign. A Peace Walk will be also held on the 25th of May as one of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities in Norway.

IPYG is eagerly looking forward to gathering more Norwegian young lovers of peace to join in the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities.

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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

   

   Interest

- 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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