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Peace education seminar that started from Malaysia

FEB 2017

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.

 

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Peaceful Coexistence in multicultural Australia

FEB 2017

Breaking a Peace Piñata

The three NGO’s, IPYG and HWPL, have held the 2nd Peace Builders Forum to commemorate Australia Day in Sydney on January 29th.

Approximately 50 participants from various ethnic and religious backgrounds have gathered together at the Athena School Newtown, to break down barriers that lead to today’s conflicts. They put their hearts and minds together by communicating and sharing ideas about peace to create a culture of peace through a public peace campaign.

Council member, Mr Ernie Friedlander OAM, the chairman of Moving Forward Together, and Hina Khan, from the youth transition, support workers of the Community Migrant Resource Centre and came as special guest speakers to share their values and experiences of peaceful coexistence, as well as support the DPCW.

Hina Khan said, “The DPCW can play an important role in providing a regulatory framework and mindset that values peace for all. I feel a renewed possibility that, as Gandhi would say, ‘We can and will be the change we want to see in the world’. Peace starts with us, is for us, and I’m willing to keep striving until history depicts only the best that our humanity can foster and do.“

Councilor Raj Datta said “This event we are having today, reinforcing that we need to speak up regardless of what is happening in various part of the world, we are mankind and primarily we need to stand up, speak up and say what we want, we want peaceful coexistence, because peace and prosperity go hand in hand”.

There was a peace talk programmed amongst the participants with the given topic 'What we should do to achieve peaceful coexistence,' in which participants discussed how to develop mechanisms of peacebuilding. The questions for discussion included "What does peace mean to you?" and "Do you think there is a way to achieve Peace? If so, how can we achieve it?" Dr. Binh, a representative of the Buddhist Federation commented, "I think that the idea of war started with the idea of authority, power and misunderstanding. One country thinks that they have the right to invade or exploit another country, but in regards to peace, we should go back to the idea of kindheartedness because we respect all human beings regardless of race or cultural differences. We all wish to live happy and to be loved."

The messages that were written on the paper leaves will be used as peace tree leaves for the upcoming forums to add a more beautiful meaning to it. Where the hearts of the peace messages are all practiced and come as one, there the fruit of PEACE will be born.

Followed by the Peace Talk, breaking a piñata was one of the highlights of the event. The piñata symbolizes war, but inside it was a poster of the 10 articles of the DPCW. This activity was to instill the simple idea of togetherness and peaceful coexistence, when we work for peace all together and transcend religion, ethnicity, gender, and age, we can eliminate conflicts and wars.

After breaking the piñata (war), all participants sang together with members of IPYG a song called 'Hand in Hand’. It was truly a moment of peace and harmony with all community participants.

The 3rd Peace Builders Forum is already planned for the 19th of March. And this is to celebrate Harmony Week. It will be another fantastic event to promote peace through the DPCW. Guests are all looking forward to coming to promote peace together.

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For the purpose of ceasing wars peacefully, IPYG & the Ensan Aid Foundation proposed the peace program and a variety of training programs to the youth

JAN 2017

International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and Ensan Aid, a youth organization for strengthening capability of youth based on  community partnership, organized  this event together to train youth how to use the training manual when they train children and youth. The event was joined by approximately 30 members of Ensan Aid.

This event was a movement in which young people collaborated to realize coexistence and peace within the community. With the topic ‘Coexistence and Global Peace’, participants including Safaa Rashad Ibrahim, Executive Director of Fatma El-Zahara Association, and Eman Abo- Khato Ali, Project manager of Community Development Association. The participants discussed how to build the capacity of youth  through human rights.

One of the trainees commented, “The training was a very good and the manual training was wonderful. But only one day of training was not enough to take all things. I want the event to be for three days. We hope to continue the program for coexistence and global peace in Egypt and work with much larger number of young men and women.”

And Mahmoud Elsaman, Honorary President of Ensan Aid, said, “We will continue the peace event and extend the event to three days in order to offer more various trainings for youth with more advanced program.”

 

IPYG youths around the world are united in one purpose - to share in  love and life through peace projects. Through the continuing training project by IPYG and Ensan Aid, youth can continue to share more creative ideas in order to prevent themselves from having to fight in wars. And they can become aware the importance of realizing peace within their community by being tomorrow’s decision makers.

 

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Signature-collecting Event for the DPCW: Hand-in-Hand in Tunisia

JAN 2017

University Organisation of Human Development and Handhala For Humanity are working closely with the IPYG to promote peace in Tunisia. The two organizations attended the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which was held on 14 March 2016, and the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, which was hosted by HWPL in September of that same year. Inspired by HWPL Chairman Lee who is actively working to achieve peace, they planned the “Hand-in-Hand” event in hopes of encouraging peace in Tunisia.

On 17 December 2016, Scout Tunise and about 300 citizens of Tunis gathered on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, which is the central thoroughfare of Tunis, Tunisia. The purpose of the gathering was to promote the importance of the DPCW by spreading a culture of peace, embodied in Article 10 of the Declaration, and to participate in a signing campaign in support of the DPCW. The participants also had a special time to create the national flag of Tunisia with their handprints, which united them and encouraged them to participate more actively in future peace activities. 

Mr. Oussama Jeljeli, the head of University Organisation of Human Development, said it was a meaningful event in which the citizens of Tunis could think about peace and the DPCW while participating in the signing campaign and making the handprint flag.

He also stated that the DPCW is essential to world peace, and that peace initiatives should be launched based on in-depth discussions of the ten articles of the Declaration.

Handhala For Humanity emphasized that it is important to hold various events that will allow the citizens of Tunisia to think about true peace, and promised to continue working with HWPL, the IPYG, and the IWPG on peace initiatives.

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Peace Gimbap for Syrian Refugees

DEC 2016

IPYG and Canadian University Students in Alberta Hold Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees

 

 On 6 December 2016, 8 students from the University of Alberta and MacEwan University gathered on the campus of the University of Alberta and held a fundraiser for Syrian refugees. The students planned to personally cook and sell a type of food that is familiar to Koreans but expensive for youths living in other countries, and deliver the profits to Syrian refugees.

 Although there are differing views on refugee issues in Canada, there are also many organizations that warmly welcome refugees and help them settle in with less difficulty. This year-end and Christmas charity event was suggested by Canadian youths, who learned about the philosophy of HWPL and the IPYG at a DPCW Forum that was held in Canada last month. On the day of the event, students sold personally-made gimbap, and earnestly engaged in the gimbap-making event for Syrian refugees.

All university students buying gimbap were asked to write a message of peace to Syrian refugees. For youths who participated in the event, it was a good opportunity to rethink about the importance of peace and cessation of war through the IPYG’s sincere work. Also, the participants expressed their gratitude for being able to take part in this meaningful event, which allowed them to feel how much interest Canadian youths have toward Syrian refugees.

 The event ended smoothly, and the profits made from selling gimbap as well as messages of peace are to be delivered to MHBC, an organization that helps Syrian refugees, through a professor of the University of Alberta. As the year 2016 is coming to an end, the IPYG looks forward to seeing the hope of peace, which began to bloom in the hearts of Canadian youths, bloom in other parts of Canada, Syria, and the whole world in 2017.

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DPCW is Introduced to University Students in Paris, France

DEC 2016

1st DPCW Seminar in France

 

 On 30 November 2016 in Paris, France, a seminar was held with 17 law students of CEP Luxembourg to introduce and discuss the DPCW. CEP Luxembourg is an organization where Catholic students majoring in law are gathered to exchange knowledge and cultures.

 During this 1st DPCW Seminar held in France, the IPYG and HWPL were introduced, and the participants watched a video explaining each article of the DPCW. Afterwards, the participants actively discussed their thoughts on the Declaration.

After the seminar, a law student named Robin gave an interview about world peace and the current state of the world. He said, “The advocacy for the DPCW is for a good cause, and in France, I think it would be a good start to make contact with people at different levels of society.” He also stated that IPYG should start by making contacts with workers, intellectuals, youth, women, and others in France, and it is important to first approach those who are against the use of force and weapons. The 1st DPCW Seminar held in France awakened the French youth to the role youth have and the importance of becoming one for peace.

 In the year 2017, the IPYG will continue to hold DPCW seminars to discuss the Declaration with law students in France and work with the French youth in advocacy efforts.

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Conference to Foster Peace Leaders in Indonesia

DEC 2016

Peace Seminar for Continuous Work of Peace

 

 After attending the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, Mr. Zainul Fuad, a Dean of Islamic State University (UIN) North Sumatra, returned to his home country with the hope of holding a peace seminar in Medan City so that Indonesian students could also get a chance to participate in a seminar like the WARP Summit. As he had hoped, on 9 December, a peace seminar was held at the auditorium of the university. For Indonesian student representatives, it was a valuable opportunity to prepare themselves to hold peace seminars in the future.

 The peace seminar was attended by student representatives and faculties from 20 universities in Medan City, members of the Chinese Indonesian Association (INTI), the president and Dean, Mr. Zainul Fuad, of UIN North Sumatra, and leaders representing Buddhism and Islam. This seminar introduced peace initiatives of HWPL and the IPYG, and it stressed the important role youth have in establishing peace and the need to implement the DPCW.

The student representatives in attendance showed their determination to actively participate in advocacy efforts in support of the DPCW. After the seminar, Peace Seminar and Education Program was held, in which participants could experience war second-hand and exchange opinions on how to better support and promote the Declaration. The students who took part in the program said it was a special time to better understand why peace is needed from the second-hand experience of war.

 The Indonesian students who joined the seminar decided to create Group Talking Program and hold regular meetings to share what they have felt from working with HWPL and the IPYG. They also decided to carry out online activities such as making and posting peace-related cartoons or news articles to raise the youth’s awareness on the need for peace.

The IPYG looks forward to more active peace work happening in Medan City, Indonesia, in the coming year of 2017.

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Russian Med Students Discuss What They Can Do for World Peace

DEC 2016

Impact of Medicine on Mankind and Peace Work

 

 On 1 December, a special conference was hosted by Basili Nikulenkov, an IPYG Publicity Ambassador in Russia. About 40 students from Siberian Federal University and Krasnoyarsk State Medical University and Basili Nikulenkov gathered at Krasnoyarsk State Medical University, and IPYG youth volunteers in South Korea also joined the conference online.

 The participants discussed the role of youth in building peace and resolving global issues. The discussion was kicked off by a Dean of Krasnoyarsk State Medical University, who spoke about the intersection of medical education and international cooperation, and expressed her appreciation for a conference dealing with peace, a global issue, held in the medical community. She also stressed how important it is for medical students to engage in voluntary and humanitarian works.

The Dean’s remarks were followed by a teleconference between university students in Russia and IPYG members in Seoul, South Korea. The main theme of the conference was “The Impact of Medicine on Mankind and Peace Work.” Students gave speeches on the responsibilities that young medical students have in the international community and how global issues can be resolved through medicine.

The Russian students pointed that medical care is urgently needed for victims of wars and disasters around the world, who are suffering from diseases and malnutrition, but Russian volunteers have been too occupied with their local issues to pay attention to peace and other global matters. 

After that, Korean IPYG members introduced Chairman Lee of HWPL, who, after fighting in the Korean War, has dedicated his entire life to peace. The Russian university students were inspired when they heard about Mr. Lee working to carry the message of peace to heads of state, civil societies, youth, women, the media, and religious leaders around the world, and inspiring growth in peace activities of Korean youth.

The Russian university students in attendance showed great interest in the achievement that Mr. Lee made in Mindanao, Philippines. They highly recognized the fact that Mr. Lee mediated the signing of the Mindanao Peace Agreement in an effort to cease the 40-year conflict in Mindanao. They also watched video footage from the 2015 Oxford Model United Nations Conference and learned that chief justices, heads of bar associations, ministers of justice and foreign affairs in various countries took part in drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

 The Russian youth were impressed to learn that the IPYG’s volunteer work is not confined to just one country, but extends to the whole world. Inspired by seeing people in various fields including women, youth, international law experts, religious leaders, and journalists all working together for a common goal, the Russian youth expressed their willingness to cooperate with the IPYG. As a result, the university students in Krasnoyarsk are set to co-host more online conferences with the IPYG. The conference turned out to be a meaningful occasion where the Russian youth could feel the hope of peace growing in their hearts.

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The Role of the Youth Discussed for Practical Peace in Cape Town

NOV 2016

Gathering to discuss promoting and developing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to Southern Africa as a follow up event to 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit

 On the 31st of October, a peace event to acknowledge the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit was held at the Cape Town City Hall. The 2nd Annual event attendees from South Africa gathered once more at the peace event held in Cape Town where the methods to urge the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were discussed.

 During the Cape Town event, HWPL South African Branch showed the highlights video of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit and shared the ongoing Footsteps of Peace.

The leaders of both youth and women organizations who participated in this event had a chance to reflect on peace through the video, as well as though the peace messages given by the speakers. Through these the participants were moved to dwell on how important it is to gather their minds as one for the cause of peace.

Speaking at the event, Kotokeni Tomas Shimbindja, the President of Namibia Youth Development Organization, said that “Young people need to be educated, young people need to be told of the importance of peace and why they should maintain a peaceful world. They also need to know why the DPCW is very important for one and why it should be implemented within the United Nations for example.”

Along with Kotokeni Tomas Shimbindja, many other renowned guests such as the Principal of Arcadia High School, the Secretary General of South African Student’s Union, and the Youth Peer Educator Coordinator for Africa Unite and Founder of Youth Empowerment Action participated in this event as well.

 As a result, IPYG South African Branch (and IWPG) decided to focusing on planting thoughts of peace into people’s minds so that they could advocate for peace, starting with their immediate community through various events—peace cultural evenings, peace tournaments and by promoting peace continuously. IPYG and IWPG South African Branch are working in various ways to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and peace work.

SA branch youths are actively working on promoting DPCW through peace events and activities, such as the Peace Walk and the “Legislate Peace” Campaign for gathering signatures of supports for the Implementation of the International Law.

IPYG, being an international youth organization with the goal of achieving peace, is working towards gathering the youth around the world under peace and to share the love and life granted from heaven. As mentioned above, it is working to cease all wars and bring peace. IPYG believes that the youth are the future, and it is up to them to sustain the legacy of peace.

For more information about IPYG, please visit http://ipyg.org/

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1st HWPL Peace Education Class at Samsara the World Academy in India

OCT 2016

On 29 August, Samsara the World Academy in India, which signed a MOU with HWPL for Peace Education, offered the very first class to 35 students in eighth grade. On the topic of “Safety and Peace—Are We Safe?” the class focused on various forms of violence that people can easily experience in their daily lives. It was a time for students to realize how much they are exposed to violence and the fact that they can also become an aggressor of violence. 

During the class, students experienced factors that disrupt peace in real life through a role play. Understanding that the reality is not peaceful, the students came to have yearning for peace. After the class was over, all the students and teachers filled out evaluations assessing the class; 85.2 percent of them responded, “I learned how important my role is in achieving peace,” and 61.7 percent responded, “It was an opportunity to rethink about peace.” Also, Abhinav sharma said, “What surprised me the most was the fact that violence can exist even in classrooms. I realized that we must protect peace starting in school.” Jagjeet Kaur, HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy, stated, “The contrast between Hitler and Gandhi showed what makes a big difference in our lives,” noting that the lesson customized for Indian students had positive effects. 

Jagjeet Kaur (HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy) responded, “I hope such class will be offered at more schools, and through continuing peace education, students and teachers will take the lead in achieving peace not only in schools but also throughout the world.” 

HWPL plans to recruit more schools through pilot operation of peace education in order to guarantee a peaceful future for the youth and leave a legacy of peace to future generations. The HWPL Peace Academy in India is expected to participate more actively in the education.  

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