Flaring of Peace Education in India
DPCW will be presented to the UN to be transformed into legally binding document~♦
On January 12th, 2017, a peace seminar ‘Promptly Meeting the Needs of the Times: The Necessity for Peace Education and the Comparative study for a Practical Plan’ was co-hosted by Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Lakshmibai College, Delhi University. The seminar took place in Lakshmibai College, Delhi University for about 50 officers from education field and university students.
Participants understood the reality that wars are taking place over the world and how significant peace education is as the MC delivered the message of Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL during the seminar stating ‘All living beings on the earth could constantly prosper with light, rain and air unconditionally given to. People have received life, which is a precious gift, from them. Let us give glory to heaven and live on the world of peace.’
About 49 HWPL Peace Academies have been appointed in India. In order to cease war and achieve peace through the peace education of HWPL aiming to develop various lesson materials and foster instructors, more than 1,000 HWPL Peace Academies to be designated in the world. Since the peace education began for the first time, in Israel on December, 2015, currently, 126 leading educational institutions have been appointed as HWPL Peace Academies and have implemented peace education from 8 countries including India, Myanmar, Philippines, Georgia, Kosovo, and Israel.
Pratyush Vatsala, Principal from Lakshmibai College explained the necessity of peace education and how she began to participate in peace education as stating, ‘Peace is something close to my heart. As an educator, when I see that HWPL has been working for peace with sincerity, I decided to be part of HWPL’s peace education. Peace is essential value for existence of humanity. Through education, peace must be emphasized in India now, the era, which values of morality are undermined.’ Furthermore, she added the plan and expected effectiveness of peace education as saying ‘As faculties in university, we need to devote ourselves to achieving peace and gathering more number of students to join the peace work for their own future. Education transforms the thoughts and mindset. We can create a better world through peace education.
The object of peace education is to accomplish the Article 10 ‘Spread a culture of peace’ of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on March, 2016. Recognizing the imminent threats posed by conflicts and wars, prominent legal experts from various countries joined HWPL’s peace movement with a determination to produce a new legal document and drafted DPCW. HWPL has designated HWPL Peace Academies and conducted peace education with an understanding that even though a condition is formed where peace can settle as the international law is implemented, however, true peace will not be achieved until the true seed of peace is sown into each one’s hearts.
HWPL will conduct pilot peace education in March based on today’s seminar and continue to operate diverse peace events such as implementing Peace Education, signing for supporting DPCW, Peace Walks, peace conference for youth and women. The pilot classes for peace education will be implemented on March in India. Recruiting people who are working for peace in Kashmir will be followed to conduct peace initiatives of HWPL to promote DPCW and form peace education committee of India with officers from education field.
Meanwhile, on the same day, on 12th, a signing ceremony for supporting Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was held in National Youth Day: Drawing Competition of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra where 200 people participated in and signed for DPCW. DPCW will be presented to the UN to be transformed into legally binding document.