Sunday, August 6, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Hosted Peace Education Conference in Ukraine



[HWPL] HWPL Hosted Peace Education Conference in Ukraine

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding Peace Education in Ukraine.

“2023 HWPL Peace Education in Ukraine” Conference

On June 8, the ‘2023 HWPL Peace Education in Ukraine’ Conference was held. This conference, which was held under the theme of ‘Results and plans for the development of HWPL peace education in Ukraine’, had teachers teachers who took part by conducting the HWPL peace education in Ukraine in the first half of this year and 250 teachers who will be conducting the peace education in the future.

The peace educators of Ukraine started implementing the HWPL peace education in 2021. Despite the wartime situation that made it difficult to properly conduct regular classes, the teachers’ efforts to teach peace to students led to a peace education being taught in 21 elementary, middle and high schools and colleges; 1,290 students completed the peace education. Some schools are conducting the education with enthusiasm even in the midst of war, to the extent that they conduct the peace education in shelters.

This conference was prepared to develop HWPL’s peace education on a national level in order to provide healing and hope to Ukrainian students currently suffering from war and to prepare an educational foundation for all students to receive peace education. In addition, it was a time where best practices of HWPL’s peace education, which was conducted in 10 schools, could be shared and help strengthen cooperation with HWPL.

 Regarding the results of HWPL’s peace education, Anton Ivaniuk, the Deputy Director of the communal institution of general secondary education Lutsk Lyceum No. 5 of the Lutsk City Council said, “Children are the future of the country and the people who will rebuild our country. In this chaotic world, gratitude, concern, sacrifice, forgiveness, good manners, abiding the law and courage are important values that are needed in spreading peace. We are proud of the young generation who have learned and know these things through the peace education.


Nataliia Kutsenko, Director of the Specialized Medical and Pharmaceutical College of Poltava State Medical University, said “Given the experience of the peace education project conducted at the college, it is appropriate and necessary for students to receive this education in college and university. I am of the opinion that similar projects should be introduced as compulsory courses in educational institutions such as Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Health.”

Mariia Tyshchenko, Executive Director of the NGO Poruch and honorary doctorate of Malmö University (Sweden) explained that, “We will continue to build peace schools physically and institutionally to provide an environment in which human rights as a condition for the development of our children are put into practice. Peace education encourages the practice of non-violent communication, mediation and conflict transformation. We want goodness to remain in the hearts of our children.”

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