Movement of Peace Education in India

Peace seminar to discuss the role of media and importance of peace

 (March 6, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) “On March 3, 2017, a peace seminar ‘The Role of the Press for Practical Implementation of Peace Education in India” was held at Asian Business School (ABS), with about 100 participants including educational figures and students of ABS. This event was hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) which is a non-profit organisation under the UN DPI (Department of Public Information),” the HWPL said in a press release.

The press release further reads as follow;

Ravi Sharma, Head of Department of ABS, emphasized the importance of cooperation at every level of society for peace by saying, “As individual, society, nation and globe, all are part of peace. Is there anyone who does not agree to these words? We cannot do peace work all alone. For the purpose of peace, Chairman Lee of HWPL travels around the world and spread the message of peace.”

‘Spreading a culture of peace’ was discussed in the event. It was adopted as a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly and drafted as a peace initiative by HWPL in the name of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). As a project inspired by this, HWPL peace academies have been designated around the world including India to establish an environment of peace building through peace education for students and citizens.

The DPCW, composed of 10 articles and 38 clauses, was drafted by 21 law experts from all over the world and is to be implemented as a legally binding instrument through the ‘Legislate Peace’ campaign, peace walks, and receiving signatures of support.

The role of media was another part of discussion in the seminar. Cooperation among media to develop access to information regarding peacebuilding efforts in the global community was considered an effective first step that can contribute to settlement of peace. According to HWPL, professionals from media agencies are appointed as the Publicity Ambassadors to build an international network to deliver the news of peace throughout the world to their local citizens.

HWPL will open a pilot class for peace education in March based on today’s seminar and continue to conduct peace campaigns with local media agencies, civil society organizations. Education and support campaign for international cooperation for peacebuilding based on legal foundation are main projects on progress. HWPL plans to develop this action plan in the Kashmir region with the local community targeted to empowerment of youth and women.

Author: Sri Lanka Guardian

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