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President and Prime Minister of East Timor Meet HWPL, IPYG

DEC 2017 

IPYG’s Wave of Peace Flows to the East Timor’s Government

On October 27th, 2017 at 11 a.m., Mr. Arsenio Pereira da Silva, the Director of Fongtil, met with the President of East Timor at the President’s office. This meeting was hosted to introduce HWPL and the IPYG.

Since last year, Mr. Arsenio Pereira da Silva has been doing various works to publicize HWPL and encourage East Timor to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). At the beginning of this year he introduced HWPL and the DPCW to the  Minister of Justice. His work for peace has been recognized, and he received a HWPL Plaque of Appreciation from Chairman Lee at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit hosted in South Korea. He continued to publicize peace through media conferences and radio talk shows. His efforts resulted in establishing a meeting with the President and Prime Minister.

Along with Mr. Herculano Amaral, the Director of International Rotary Club of Dili Lafaek, and others, Mr. Arsenio Pereira da Silva explained the work of HWPL, the IPYG, and Article 10 Clause 38 of the DPCW to the President. He also showed reports from the current IPYG activities and the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit.

The President of East Timor expressed his gratitude for Chairman Lee’s endeavors and efforts for world peace. He was especially amazed that religious leaders, the media, youths, women and people from all walks of life gathered to discuss world peace. Afterwards, Mr. Arsenio Pereira da Silva expressed that if current activities of HWPL and the IPYG are shared in civic organizations, then peace work can be done on a national level.

On that day at 4 p.m., Mr. Arsenio Pereira da Silva made this day more meaningful by introducing the work of HWPL and the IPYG to the President and Prime Minister of East Timor.

There is a saying that “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” The relationship that first started at the peace walk on July 2016 in a small city, Luro of East Timor later became a connection that introduced HWPL and the IPYG to the President. We hope meetings like this will continue so that IPYG’s peace work will advance to a national level. Furthermore, we hope the President and Prime Minister will be invited to the 4th Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit to see and hear the reality of peace. With that, we hope that the wave of peace and joy will flow throughout East Timor.

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Peace Education for Establishment of World Peace

DEC 2017 

WE ARE ONE

 

After attending the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP), Mr. Zakir Hossain has been telling the people of his regional community about the peace activities of Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) as a HWPL publicity ambassador in Bangladesh. In particular, he hoped to increase people’s awareness concerning the importance of understanding the value of peace, so he hosted the “WE ARE ONE” event together with students as the Additional Secretary General of Bangladesh Teacher Association. The event held on November 10th, 2017 was attended by over 120 people, including principals, teachers, and students.

The event took place at Sherabangla Ideal School in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the principals of Sherabangla Ideal School and Bakhunda College joined the event as well.

During the event, Mr. Hossain explained about HWPL and the IPYG’s peace activities based on what he had felt when he had attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. Also, he emphasized in his speech the importance of peace education and how students who participated should become leaders with the right set of values.

After the event ended, all the participants became one like the title of the event and shouted, “We want peace.” Then, they had a live video call with the IPYG staff in Korea to reaffirm their commitment to world peace once again.

In particular, the principals of Sherabangla Ideal School and Bakhunda College said that they will do their best to provide peace education with the IPYG in their respective schools to instill the value of peace to the students.

As a HWPL Publicity Ambassador, Mr. Hossain will continue to deliver the message of peace to many people with the inspiration he had received when he attended the WARP Summit, and the two principals who promised to work with the IPYG at the “WE ARE ONE” event said, they will help students, who are the leaders of the future, understand the value of peace. These students will surely be the foundation for Bangladesh to be a peace-leading nation in the future.

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‘We Are One’ Youth Empowerment Workshop

DEC 2017 

Shouting "We Are One" in Ethiopia

On November 10th, 2017, in association with the IPYG at the Bole Sub City Youth Center in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, about 40 youth leaders and members of Ethiopia said, “We are one,” as they carried out the youth empowerment workshop.

Working with the IPYG, Mr. Solomon Gebru, vice president of Tigray Youth Association, introduced the IPYG to the participants of the workshop. He attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit and was inspired by the values of HWPL and the IPYG, of being "united in all things and in peace."

All of the youth participants who attended the workshop expressed their willingness to participate in IPYG activities and promised to cooperate with youth leaders in future bimonthly meetings and events with the IPYG.

In order for the youth to protect themselves from war, they need to have the mindset of empowerment in regards to the future. Not only will the participation of the youth in Ethiopia have an effect on Ethiopia through youth empowerment workshops, but it will also extend to having an impact on all of the youth around the world. In Addis Ababa, I hope that Tigray Youth Association will continue to lead the education of youth peace empowerment in the forefront.

 

 

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Youths of Egypt Become One with Peace

DEC 2017 

Seven Egyptian Youth Organizations Discuss the Role of Youth in Achieving World Peace

On November 7th, 2017, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and Horus Foundation (hereinafter referred to as Horus) hosted the 4th “We Are One Workshop” at Sohag in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop, held with 50 members from seven youth NGOs, provided the platform for participants to discuss the role of youths in achieving world peace.

The IPYG and Horus have been working together to implement an international legal instrument based on the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to make the world a conflict-free place. At the workshop, the president of Horus, Mr. Tharwat, explained what he felt when he attended the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP) hosted this year and the IPYG’s efforts in building peace. Following his speech, there was a discussion reminding youths that they have a crucial role to play in realizing peace at a time when the world is suffering from terrorist attacks stemming from extremism. There was also a signing ceremony for attendees to show their support for the DPCW.

Mr. Tharwat said in an interview that, “Many youths were able to realize the importance of their role in building peace. Some of the youths that participated in today’s event said they want to have peace activities in their schools, organizations, and regional communities.” He also added by saying that, ”I am thankful and glad that I can be a part of peace activities in Egypt and I will continue to communicate with youths for peace.”

The 1st “We Are One Workshop” was held in July 2016 with 40 youth participants, and the latest event was the fourth. The effort for peace will not stop here, as there will be a 5th workshop which will be held early next year.

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Peaceful Pakistan, Prosperous Pakistan

DEC 2017 

Pakistan Becomes Heated with a Passion Towards Peace

After attending the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Atiq Raja expressed his aspiration to hold at least 50 peace events for the culture of peace to take root in Pakistan. He has held a total of 12 peace lectures so far. Mr. Atiq Raja, the President of Pakistan Youth Council (PYC), held a peace lecture on November 1st, 2017 at Al-Amin Public School and College Matli of Badin District in Pakistan.  

The audience for the peace lecture during this visit to Al-Amin Public School and College Matli were elementary and middle school students. The peace lecture, which lasted more than four and a half hours, was passionately conveyed to male middle school students during the morning and to female middle school students and elementary school students during the afternoon. With about 300 students and faculty in attendance, Mr. Atiq Raja vividly described and shared the things that he saw, heard, and felt during his experience at the peace festival hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) held in South Korea last September. On this day, the students who participated in the peace lecture continued with a heated discussion on “What must we do, and how?” in order to bring a true and lasting peace to Pakistan.

Mr. Atiq Raja, having the goal of establishing a network that will spread a culture of peace among the youth living in Pakistan, shared his determination to work even more fervently in 2018 together with the IPYG.

We expect 2018 to become a year in which the seeds of peace that have been planted in Pakistan will gradually bear fruit.

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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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IPYG Raises Youth Heroes Through the Peace Walk

DEC 2017 

National Youth Day and Commemoration of the Santa Cruz Massacre

November 12th, 2017 was the 26th anniversary of the Santa Cruz Massacre and East Timor National Youth Day.

To commemorate, on November 11th, 7 organizations including the IPYG, Timor-Leste Youth for Peace, Dili Rotary, Club, Youth for Human Rights, co-hosted a peace seminar at the KnuaJuventude Fila Liman in Pateo Plaza. The two-day event consisted of a peace conference on the 11th and a national peace walk on the 12th.

On November 12th, 1991, hundreds of youth walked in peace to the Santa Cruz cemetery to pay respects to Sebastião Gomes, a youth who was killed after attending mass at Motael church in Dili. This peaceful walk turned protest was the largest protest since 1975 and it was held against Indonesia’s takeover of East Timor. 250 people lost their lives that day because of the Indonesian army dispatched to end the protest.

Their walk of peace has become an annual event where people wave their flags to express their desire for freedom and justice. November 12th has been proclaimed National Youth Day in honor of the courage and determination the youth showed through the peace walk on that day despite the danger.

The Peace Seminar held on November 11th began with the commemoration speech of Mr. Herculano Amaral, the organizing committee leader of the event as well as the director of the International Rotary Club of Dili Lafaek, and continued with speeches from various NGOs including the president of Committee 12th November and the Secretary State of Youth and Labor. The testimonies from the survivors of the Santa Cruz Massacre also instilled the importance of peace into everyone’s hearts.

Ms. Marcia Pascoela Castro Alves, a staff member of Dili Rotary Club, introduced HWPL, the IPYG and IWPG and held a question and answer session. A participant was surprised at the WARP Summit and its thousands of participants, and he said he hopes peace will be actualized eternally in the world soon.

Participants sang songs of peace along with musicians and held passionate discussions about the role of youth in sustainable development. They stated that they learned much about peace activities that could be applied to their friends, families, and their environment, that everyone must work together for peace, and that spreading world peace should never come to an end.

On November 12th, 2017, around 2,500 citizens gathered to take part in the national peace event and walk in the peace walk from Motael Church to the Santa Cruz Cemetery. The host organizations along with participants of the Peace Seminar walked together and commemorated the youth heroes who were sacrificed during the massacre. People walked with flags and national flags, and the IPYG showed their presence through banners and balloons.

Mr. Herculano Amaral, who led the Peace Seminar as a representative of the IPYG, stated that because this peace walk was a big event for East Timor, he hopes that another commemoration event will be held next year. He is also planning on holding more peace seminars and peace sporting events for students. He hopes that through various the IPYG and East Timor events, more people will participate in the work of peace.

 

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Atiq Raja

DEC 2017 

I am Atiq Raja, Chairman Pakistan Youth Council-PYC, working with youths on Education awareness, Peace & Life Skills. I have delivered more than 3,000 sessions all over Pakistan & abroad mainly focusing “Peace”.

IPYG is a platform which provided me a family who loves Peace & spreads it all over the world. I had honor to attend the Peace festival in Seoul in September which energized me to do a lot for Peace. We have organized several sessions on Peace with the youth of Schools, Colleges and Universities with the guidance of IPYG and we are planning to complete the target of at least 50 sessions on Peace before September 2018.


Dear IPYG Family Members,

‘Peace be with you & Your families’,

I hope you all be doing great in your personal lives with your families and friends. I am happy here with my family, friends and members of organization who are always working and planning for the mission of Peace & Love. We have organized 9 sessions in last two months with the youth of different cities which were highly admired and appreciated all over. I had the chance to appear in different television interviews where I spoke about the HWPL events in Seoul as well as about you all who made the best event of my life.

I had a chance to meet some of the top politicians and the decision makers where I shared how we are working for Peace and how the wars can be stopped for ever by adopting a global resolution of HWPL.

The meetings with the Universities administration would be bringing great results in coming days where we will have a lot of Peace messengers prepared for the future.

I offer you my services as a Peace Speaker and Trainer for free of cost around the world. I can visit your country and deliver the sessions on peace and provide training to the future Peace leaders.

 

We all can work hard to make this world a peaceful place for all & I am sure we are trying our best! My best wishes and prayers are with you all my dear friends & Peace.

 

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