Wednesday, February 13, 2019

[HWPL] HWPL Brings Peace Education to the Caribbean!


[HWPL] HWPL Brings Peace Education to the Caribbean!

HWPL's Washington D.C. office started its Caribbean Peace Tour at Ephesus SDA Primary School in Belize city, Belize, as reported by BBN (Breaking Belize News) and News Five (Belize's major press). HWPL (Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light) is a global peace group which has signed an M.O.U. (Memorandum of Understanding) with Caribbean and Latin American countries for its international peace movement.


Flag of Belize

Belize City

Peace Education is one of HWPL's main initiatives (Chairperson: Mr. Man Hee Lee) that aims to teach students of all ages (Elementary to University) the spirit and skills needed to resolve conflicts in a peaceful way. It also guides them to respect and learn about the values of human rights, intercultural understanding, freedom of religion and positive outcomes for world peace.

Peace diplomats from Washington D.C. host Peace Education week in Belize / February 11 2019 / BBN / Belize
Participants, including Kirk Augustus (Manager of Outreach and Empowerment Unit, DYS) and Carol Collins (Vice Principal, Ephesus S.D.A Primary School), told reporters that they look forward to Peace Education encouraging students to gain better conflict-resolution skills among friends, family and community to lead to a decrease in criminal levels and violence in society.

A picture from HWPL's Peace Education webpage

Efua Hayford, international liaison from HWPL, said :

“There will be different activities to understand the experience of each individual child. So, we will have scenarios so that they can play out if this is a situation that happens how they would resolve it. And then we will do an outdoor activity to see the different life experience that each child has been through. So, we will ask them if they have ever experienced violent aggression or if they have experienced verbal aggression. And each child will walk forward and at the end they can look around and see what their different classmates have been through and to understand the perspective of each other.”

Peace Project is Piloted at Ephesus SDA Primary School / February 11 2019 / Reporter : Andrea Polanco / News5

The press in Belize additionally reported that HWPL's peace diplomats will meet Patrick Faber (Minister of Education of Belize) to sign an M.O.U. for more peace education sessions in the country, as well as representatives of the Supreme Court and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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