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Online conference participants learn value of life, peace through HWPL

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An online inter-continental peace conference to discuss the role of peace education was recently organised by a Korea-based international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN DGC and the UN ECOSOC in celebration of the seventh Anniversary of January 24 HWPL Peace Day.

The conference drew over 2,400 pre-registered participants from 70 countries, including Philippines, U.S.A, Germany, South Africa, China and South Korea. The January 24 HWPL Peace Day, declared by the Province of Maguindanao in the Philippines, has been commemorated yearly since the Mindanao Peace Agreement was made by the local government and civil society leaders on January 24, 2014. The Peace Day was named after HWPL, since the agreement was suggested by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, a Korean War veteran, to overcome the 50-year conflict that resulted in approximately 120,000 victims in the region.

With the theme, “The Role of Peace Education in Building a Peaceful World,” this year’s celebration was aimed at raising awareness of peace education around the world and establishing a global platform for peace educators to implement peace education in each country’s educational system.

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Followed by the congratulatory messages from social, educational, religious, and political figures, including Cairo’s President of Court of Appeal, former President of the UN Human Rights Council, former Adviser of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, Archbishop Emeritus of Davao Archdiocese of the Philippines, Chairman Man Hee Lee said in his commemorative message:

“Today, Mindanao is no longer a place of conflict. Rather, it has become a model of peace to which the world looks. Once, the people of this region used to point guns at one another. But now, they share food, while sitting at the same table, despite their differences in religion and ideologies. Students, who were once trained to kill, are now learning the precious value of life and peace through HWPL Peace Education.”

Dr. Ronald Adamat, Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (CHED), said: “Youth will fight for peace, but are not given enough skills, understanding, or opportunity to talk for peace. I wholeheartedly support HWPL Peace Education, as it raises the awareness for our youth to become peacemakers. Future leaders must effect change for the world’s positive transformation…”

Ms. Firoza Muradi, an educator from Afghanistan, said, “The 2014 Mindanao Peace Agreement became a great model for countries like Afghanistan, which experience wars and conflicts. I hope that the miracle of peace in Mindanao will happen in Afghanistan, and the beginning is from peace education. Through HWPL Peace Education, students seek answers to achieve peace in various ways, including harmony with nature, the value of cooperation, and how to protect their rights. I believe all of my students receiving peace education will grow up to be peace messengers.”

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