How to Live Happy Seminar
Ms. Mohana Sunthari Syvalingam was one of the guests that attended the second Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. While participating, she paid close attention to the peace education of HWPL around the globe. After she returned to Malaysia, she worked not only as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace, but also looked for schools to hold peace education seminars to increase students’ awareness for peace.
On 25 February, a peace education seminar was held at the Sekolah Damansara Aliff School in Johor, Malaysia, with students aging from 15 to 17 participating. The theme of the seminar was “How to Live Happy.”
To help students who haven’t experienced wars directly to better understand the brutality of war and the necessity of peace, the seminar introduced how to achieve peace in schools first.
The students learned that when differences clash, they lead to disputes and that for peace to take place, we must understand and respect each other.
The seminar was originally scheduled to have all 600 students attending, but as the day overlapped with one of the public holidays, 44 students and five teachers were present. The principal, Tuan Hj. Ma’alim Bin Mamat, plans to hold the seminar again for students that could not participate as soon as possible.
Mr. Mohana said that the event served as a good opportunity to share ideas on peace with the students.
As Malaysia consists of many ethnicities and religions, many events with the purpose of pursuing harmony among people take place within the nation. Against this backdrop, the IPYG will continue to hold peace education seminars with students, who are the future leaders, so that students will lead the way for the realization of harmony.
The next seminar to be held will be on the topic of “Differences and Harmony.” The seminar will not be a one-time event as there will be more in the future. Lastly, Ms. Syvalingam said that she was determined to work together with other schools in the Johor region to heighten awareness for peace education.