(Colombo, Lankapuvath) - Since the founding of the HWPL Peace Academy in Israel in early December, the idea of incorporating peace education into curricula has spread like wildfire to Kosovo and beyond. Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) were invited to the University of Pristina, Kosovo to give a special peace lecture.
In the presence of over 400 students and professors, the heads of the university announced future plans to incorporate peace education into their curriculum by establishing the HWPL Peace Education Course. This special course will teach students about HWPL’s peace initiatives and its affiliated organizations’ activities. This will strengthen the solidarity among students to work together to achieve peace in this generation. Chairman Lee’s speech covered the critical tasks and roles of youths in achieving the cessation of all on-going conflicts through properly learning the practical activities which will bring peace.
Chairman Lee said, “If we are taught to envision a peaceful world, we will be able to greet the new era of peace sooner. The IWPG and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) have fully dedicated their efforts to make peace a reality and collaborate with HWPL to incorporate peace education into school curriculum throughout the world. We urge educators to cooperate with us to provide a comprehensive peace program for students in all grades.”
Chairman Lee and the HWPL Peace Delegation also visited Haxhi Zeka University where school representatives announced future plans of promoting peace in the University and community and resolved to also become a HWPL Peace Academy. Chairwoman Kim said during her keynote speech, “People in all sectors of society, as well as NGOs promoting peace along with schools, need to collaborate with HWPL to teach our youth about the work of peace.”
HWPL is in the process of developing a comprehensive peace program which provides an educational framework for interfaith conflict analysis and resolution, interfaith peace dialogue sessions, and explains how they were able to build alliances between religions through their World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Offices. HWPL will work to design programs and courses to enhance the peacemaking capacities of individuals and organizations from various faiths through WARP Office events and will highlight HWPL’s most recent peacemaking efforts.
During the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit held from September 18th to 19th, HWPL appointed thirteen international law experts as the HWPL International Law Peace Committee (Currently, there are nineteen committee members). Since in-depth and intensive discussions on drafting the International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts are reaching its height, HWPL has encouraged women and youth to get involved by urging their respective governing bodies to enact and implement the convention.
Written by Dilshan Wijegunasekera