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The Youth Lead the Way for World Peace

JUN 2017

The Indonesian Youth’s Walk for Peace

Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia, is an Islamic country and is the world’s largest island nation. The country’s slogan is “Unity in Diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) and its founding idea is called “Pancasila,” with “panca” meaning five and “sila” meaning principle. The five principles are: 1. A Divinity that is an ultimate unity. 2. A just and civilized humanity. 3. The national unity of Indonesia. 4. Democracy predicated on the inherent wisdom of unanimity arising from deliberation among popular representatives. 5. Social justice for all Indonesian people. These principles take part in unifying Indonesia, a nation of multicultural society and various religions. Just like its founding idea, Indonesia is a nation of harmony, flexibility, and tolerance and pursues peace through religious tolerance and harmony. Living up to its national belief and mood, Indonesia has been one of the countries actively participating in the peace movement of HWPL and the IPYG

Peace Advocate of Indonesia

Among the several peace advocates who are doing the work of peace with HWPL and the IPYG in Indonesia are Prof. Said Aqill Siroj, a religious leader and the General Chairman of Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama(PBNU), the world’s biggest Muslim organization, Ms. Yenny Wahid, Chairwoman of Wahid Institute, and Dr. Hj. Elza Syarief, SH, MH, Chairwoman of Himpunan Advokat Pengacara Indonesia. These advocates have participated in the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit.

Ahmad Syamsuddin, the Vice President of Central Board of Master’s Association of Nahdlatul Ulama, a youth division of PBNU, also has been working with the IPYG for the last 4 years, and Fitri Noviana, Program Director of ECPAT Indonesia, one of the branches of ECPAT, registered under ECOSOC, began actively working with the IPYG since co-hosting the Peace Walk in 2015. Along with the two youth representatives mentioned above, Hari Purwantouth, Dewirini Anggraeni, Rizki Putra Dewantoro, Abdurrahman, and Muhhamad Alfiansyah, are working as the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Indonesia. Furthermore, Islamic State University(UIN), a public university with campuses located throughout regions of Indonesia including Jakarta, Medan, and Makassar, have been hosting several peace projects like peace educational seminars in various regions of Indonesia.

 

Youth’s Peace Activity: HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and the IPYG College members (IPYG supporters)

Many groups of people are doing the work of peace, but even among them, the IPYG supporters, International Law Peace Advocacy Committee, and the organizations joined with the IPYG are working actively together in particular.

The main reason why college students in Indonesia are able to work as peace advocates is because of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee  gathered in Jakarta. For the students in Indonesia to voluntarily participate in the IPYG’s peace movement, the committee gathered 20 students in different provinces to introduce the IPYG, and personally taught the mindset of peace and proceed with ‘TOV (Training of Volunteer)’. The committee is the pioneer of spreading the culture of peace in Indonesia.

The peace work of the IPYG Supporters started at the Peace Seminar, hosted by the IPYG. The students who participated in the seminar made the determination to continue the work of peace with the IPYG, and thus publicized the IPYG to their peers. The supporters participated in this peace work on campus by publicizing the HWPL’s DPCW and receiving signatures of support for the Peace Campaign. They also held debates with the topic of peace, and actively participated in The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace.

Moh Zainulah and Ruslan, active IPYG Supporters, said, “I have never worked for peace with an international peace organization such as the IPYG or HWPL however, as a person who loves peace, I am experiencing many things as I work together with IPYG for world peace. Especially transcending religion, race, ideology and etc., and working together for peace culture, harmony and promoting mutual understanding is impressive. That is why from now on through the supporters, we will work to notify all of the youths in Indonesia about the IPYG and furthermore spread peace through peace seminars, peace campaigns, and other various peace activities.” They have raised expectations of the IPYG Supporters’ future work of peace by saying, “We will organize the IPYG Supporters more systematically and proceed with campaigns and debates so that more youths can work with the IPYG for peace.”

 

The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace

Since 2015, Indonesia continued to host the Peace Walk which is the biggest event promoting peace mindset of the Declaration of World Peace. This year was no exception for Indonesia as it participated in the 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. The event’s theme for this year is to reject violent extremism. This event was held to show the high ranking figures that the youths and citizens desire peace. On May 14th 2017, a total of three districts hosted this event simultaneously.

In the capital city of Jakarta along with 600 participants, Dr. Hj. Elza Syarief, SH, MH and Dr. Hari Purwanto, Former president of College of National Intelligence under Indonesia’s Ministry of Justice also attended. The youth in this district worked with the ‘New Indonesia (Network for Education Watch Indonesia)’ organization to prevent school violence and for the harmony among the 6 religions in Indonesia. Dr. Hari Purwanto said, “I was extremely glad to see many people who yearn for peace participating in the peace walk. Also, to change the perception of peace, I will find diverse methods to build peace and I will put in my greatest effort to improve the society’s perspective of peace.”

The Peace Walk was taken place in Malang, known as the city of education, by the IPYG Supporters. About 600 people attended and a harmonized performance of the different religions within Indonesia took place.  13) Dewi Indra Bulqis, a student of State Islamic University Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, attended and stated, “After attending this event I realized that it is urgent to spread peace to many people. Although a small number of people led this peace walk, through this event I was able to truly contribute to the work of peace which I have been desiring. I am filled with joy to have been able to be a part of this event.”

At the third largest city of Medan, the Peace Walk was led by the University of Sumatera Utara (USU).  About 250 students participated and 14) Dr. phil. Zainul Fuad,MA., the Director of Center for Peace Studies in the UIN North Sumatra of Medan Indonesia, who is continually working with IPYG, gave a congratulatory message.  After the event, he mentioned, “My perspective towards peace has changed greatly. I will actively invite my colleagues and students to peace programs hosted by HWPL, IPYG, and organizations that are national and international.”

 

The IPYG affiliated groups, the IPYG supporters and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee  are planning to expand the movement of peace so the youths can exercise their stand for peace and the voices of the youths and citizens can be heard. Furthermore, it is currently being discussed with the distinguished guests of inviting the Indonesian government to take part in the peace walk next year.

Currently the peace movement is limited to only the major cities but efforts are being made to enlarge and advance the movement to all of Indonesia. The IPYG is looking forward to bring harmony and respect among race, nations, and religions just as the Indonesian national ideology states.

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Key to Peace – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

JUN 2017

Walk to Peace for the Youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

JUN 2017

The voice of the young adults for peace

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shouting for Peace in Central Juba

JUN 2017

Wave of Peace Sweeps Over Juba, South Sudan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peace walk & Peace Harmony Discussion in Bangladesh

JUN 2017

Plant the peace values with HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Bangladesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The call for peace starting in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia

JUN 2017

The light of peace starting from Australia shining on the entire world

The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk was hosted by the IPYG on May 28th in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia. This event was the IPYG’s representative event commemorating the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace in 2013, held by the headquarters of the IPYG in South Korea with branches all over the world. Combined with the desire for peace by the citizens of Australia, people from all social classes gather every year from 2014 for this event.

Australia is a multi-cultural country with people from various origins, religions, cultures, and races live together, and there are conflicts based on racial and religious discrimination. With the purpose of preventing violent extremism, a campaign called “#HIRA Project (Have I Received All?)” was conducted, which reminded people the question of, “Am I being discriminated from the rights I deserve? Or am I discriminating others from the rights they deserve?”

For the awareness of the importance of peace activities, Ruth Shane of New South Wales Buddhist Committee,  Director of Corporate Relations Asuzy Tozo of Sydney Scientology Church, radio host Andrea Nelville of Curie, 100.9FM 2 BACR radio host Marilie, Blacktown Councilor Linda Santos, and other social, religious, and media representatives attending the event. About 60 young adults and citizens walked along Belmore Park with the hope of world peace.

HWPL Publicity Ambassador Marilie Bomediano said, “I believe that we, as global and multicultural citizens, don't really have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. But small actions like IPYG’s Relay Peace Walk can lead to ceasing all wars and collecting millions of signatures for ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’ for the DPCW that will transform this mundane world quickly,” and also said, “The global Peace Walk Relay will bring all global leaders to a strong unity through Chairman Man Hee Lee’s message described in Articles 8 through 10 in the DPCW, as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War is taken up to the UN Charter.”

Having participated in different kinds of booths such as face painting, writing peace messages, and peace folk dancing, these citizens were curious as to how often this event took place and expressed their interest in attending this event, which was a place of unity that gathered the community as one.

Beyond Sydney and Australia, this event provided the chance for all to share the heart of wanting to fulfill peace all over the world one day sooner, and also promising in the support of IPYG's activities and vision. In addition to this event, Australia has sought to make Australia a peaceful nation by searching for peace solution programs through its Peace Builders Forum, which was held three times. Also, 'I am a Peace Keeper,' a peace education campaign of IPYG, will be carried out in Sydney this upcoming June (or July) for the purpose of implementing the value of peace as well as bringing awareness to the fact that everyone must take the lead in this campaign for peace.

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Commencing forth from Washington DC and Los Angeles (the city of angels), the call for peace is spreading all over America

JUN 2017

Youthful Spirit to Prevent Violent Extremism

 

On May 20, 2017, the youths of major cities throughout the United States conducted a pre-event [Declaration of World Peace 4-Year Anniversary, Cessation of War Peace Walk]. The theme of this 4-year anniversary event was ‘Talk & Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism.’

In the United States where the headquarters of the UN have been established for peace and security for all families, civil society organizations and young adults are actively promoting DPCW of HWPL in order for the DPCW to be developed into an international legally binding document.

With Washington DC and Los Angeles being the starting points, about 1000 people from seven regions (including San Francisco, Seattle, Alaska, Arizona, Oregon) demonstrated being one in heart for peace in this Declaration of World Peace 4-Year Anniversary event.

 

In Los Angeles, a scene of earnest aspiration for peace was displayed through participants who chorused in unison, “Help Us Achieve Peace!”, “That’s What We Are Here For! Peace!” Even drivers who passed by honked their horns cheerfully in support, as if they were waiting for this parade of peace.

In order for this wave of peace to spread even farther, Mata advertised this fulfillment for peace event everywhere he could, even uploading it regularly on Facebook. He urged for the active participation of civil society organizations for the development of the DPCW into an international legally binding law. Additionally, Mata even expressed his own passion regarding his own participation.

For citizens to participate easily in peace activities in Westchester Lagoon Park in Anchorage, Alaska, various culture experience booths such as taking photos with Korean and Alaskan Native American dolls, tasting Korean cuisine, face painting, and posting messages of peace on the map of Alaska were held.

 

Citizens of Alaska participating in peace walk event

At the Red Square in University of Washington, Seattle, an ‘Understanding Extremism’ booth was set up to discuss participants’ beliefs and values, which proved to be an opportunity for participants to understand the kind of actions that result from their beliefs. As a result, participants were able to realize the necessity of transformation of thought through dialogue and communication in order for a respected peaceful future that values coexistence to fulfill.

 

Citizens participating in the 'Understanding Extremism' booth

Participants gathered in celebration of the 4-year anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace in Washington D.C., the capital city of the United States. The participants carried out this peace walk in front of the Capitol Building and its district with handmade peace signs. Participant T'Chaka Sapp, Constituent Servicer for Ward 8 Washington, DC, Deputy Director, expressed his gratitude for being invited to this event, and heavily emphasized the importance of peace in the community that he is in. As a former gang member, who worked on gang conflict resolution, he felt more connected with the work we are going to do and have done. As a personnel who has had previous experience in this type of work, T'Chaka Sapp stated that he has many expectations regarding this peace work, and is happy to be working together with HWPL and IPYG, who are working to resolve the root cause of war.

The Peace Walks for the 4th Anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace that were hosted in various parts of the United States serve as the evidence that the American society desires to take part in the hopeful waves of peace, as it also yearns to ban wars and armed conflicts that threaten to achievement of world peace and cessation of war, which is the wish of all humanity.

Today in 2017, as the Declaration of World Peace that was proclaimed in 2013 is spreading out to the whole world, many are paying great attention to the American youth in the United States where the UN headquarters is in moving forward to achieve world peace.

 

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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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Peace starts from me

JUN 2017

Youth is the owner of peace

 

Country between Asia and Oceania, celebrated this special day slightly earlier than any other country on May 13th.

Although Timor-Leste officially became independent from Indonesia in 2002, peace still feels far from reality for Timorese who continuously struggled with conflicts big and small even after becoming independent. This year, the Timorese youth continue to shout “Dame” (meaning peace in Tetum) on behalf of peace that is yet to be completely established in their nation.

The annual Peace Walk commemorating the Declaration of World Peace took place for the third time this year in Timor-Leste. Over 200 people gathered for this event and walked a 3km route from the hall of HAK Association (Farol) in downtown Dili to the Secretary state of Youth and Sports. For the duration of the event, from 9am to 3pm, the need for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to be implemented as international law in order to achieve true peace and the urge for citizens to support and participate to achieve it was emphasized in addition to the Peace Walk commemorating the Declaration of World Peace.

Furthermore, the voices of the youth longing for peace sounded to the Timorese through various cultural performances such as creating peace messages with handprints and reciting songs and poems with messages of peace.

 

The performances the Timorese youth prepared with genuine hearts of peace particularly set apart this event from other Peace Walks commemorating the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace. The Timorese youth scripted and dramatized a play first-hand. This play, based on the history of Timor-Leste during the Indonesian occupation, artistically expressed the sacrifice of youth and children in war and left moral instructions to cease war. In addition, the heads of youth groups singing the words of the Declaration of World Peace as a song was unseen in previous events and was sufficient in moving the hearts of the Timorese.

At the event, Mr. Prezado, the President of the Radio Society who attended as a speaker, shared his ambition to improve the youth’s education on peace through this event and expressed his determination to host a peace event with the youth of West Timor. Mr. Arsenio, another speaker who was a participant of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of WARP Summit and is the Director of FONGTIL, emphasized that the youth are the victims of war and his presentation stating that achieving peace is the key to resolve all wars captivated the audience.

 

Mr. David Tomas De Deus, Youth Program director of the Secretary State of Youth and Sports, and Dr. Antero Benedito da Silva from the Institute of Peace and Conflicts Studies in UNTL, and various eminent representatives attended the event as guest speakers and graced the event with their presence. Director Ricardo Valente of TL-YFP shared that he realized through this passionate event that he is a peace messenger and that peace begins with him. Furthermore, he shared a message with the attendees that I myself must first put in effort for peace.

Mr. Reynato, who participated from the start of planning for this event, shared in his interview that this event was the greatest experience of his life and expressed his desire to continue to work together to spread world peace.

Four newspaper companies such as STL, Jornal Independent, Timor Post, and Dili Weakly covered this event and reported to all regions of Timor-Leste. Mr. Isac, Mr. Jonato, Mr. Reynato, Mr. Ezequiel, and Mr. Michael, the five event team organizers, expressed that they would like to hold the Peace Walk as an annual event to celebrate the announcement of the Declaration of World Peace. We look forward to another peace movement in Timor-Leste.

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Child Rights Activist from ECPAT Indonesia

JUN 2017

"Selamat Pag. My name is Annisa Fitri Noviana. I am a Child Rights Activist from ECPAT Indonesia. I attended the peace summit last year in South Korea organized by HWPL. Since 2015 I was also appointed as a Publicity Ambassador of HWPL and have done many peace works in Indonesia together with HWPL.

I am honored to give a congratulatory message for the 4th commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. I appreciate all the activities and movements of HWPL, especially Chairman Lee’s effort to make a world of peace. Indonesia has so many islands and cultures as we have 34 provinces. We’ve gone [through] so many hardships such as war and conflict in past years. Nowadays, our country is still experiencing many troubles caused by conflict, radicalism, terrorism, etc. Children and young people are dying because of this. We really appreciate and support the activities and efforts of HWPL in relation to peacebuilding and cessation of war in this world. I wish that the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) established by HWPL continues to be advocated worldwide and developed into a legally binding document.

Myself as a Publicity Ambassador of HWPL, I will also do my best to participate and also support the activities of HWPL in relation to the promotion of peace and cessation of war in Indonesia. I wish that HWPL will keep on good track with peace work, and success to achieve world peace."

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