Sunday, November 26, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Education Conference!



[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Education Conference!

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 HWPL's Peace Education :)

Global Peace Education Conference

Since 2017, HWPL has been collaborating with education ministries and institutions to provide peace education to children and young adults. HWPL has been pouring in efforts to promote institutionalizing peace to ensure that peace takes firm roots. In particular, the Global Peace Education Conference of the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit held in Incheon, South Korea, served as an opportunity to discuss sustainable and effective means to spread a culture of peace and firmly establish peace.

To transit toward peace from today’s era smeared by war, what should we show and teach to the younger generation? HWPL proposes the direction for peace education with peace-related materials that will help foster peace.

Peace education is a crucial process to institutionalize peace and help with its settlement. That is why each government should be responsible for promoting the institutionalization of peace by implementing a system to effectively implement peace education. The first part of the conference presented the direction in which the education sector should move forward to promote the institutionalization of peace.

First, Dr. Ronald L. Adamat, a Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines, gave a speech. CHED is an organization under the Philippines government that manages and oversees universities across the Philippines. After signing a peace education MOA with HWPL in 2018, it has been implementing peace education in all universities in the Philippines.

The next speaker was Mrs. Aurora Simona Spirescu, a teacher from Scoala Gimnaziala Ferdinand I in Romania. She has been adopting HWPL’s peace education at the school since 2021, and in 2022, she completed all courses under HWPL’s program for peace educators. After experiencing and learning peace education, she has been at the forefront of spreading a culture of peace by teaching peace education.

In the second part, there were roundtable discussions on two main topics: “Promotion of Institutionalization of Peace through Education” and “Reconstruction and Prevention of Conflicts through Peace Education.” Through these discussions, participants shared various cases and opinions on how HWPL peace education is being implemented worldwide and how it is contributing to the establishment of peace through education. There was also a session where the opinions and outcomes from each table were presented.

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