The transformative potential of the Peace Education Program was highlighted at a recent screening of “Peace is Inevitable” in Croydon, England. The documentary film shows how the program inspired former members of the Bloods gang in Ibarra, Ecuador to renounce violence in favor of community improvement projects.
The National Lottery Community Fund awarded a grant of £10,000 to expand The Prem Rawat Foundation’s Peace Education Program in the UK.
The new video, “PEACE: The Most Practical Tool,” shows the strength of people responding to the tragedy of gang violence by coming together to find solutions to its root causes. On June 10, 2018, Prem Rawat was invited by Pastor Lorraine Jones to engage with community leaders at Lambeth Community College to address the recent increase in deaths from knife crime in London.
This summer the Peace Partners charity hosted the “Waves of Change” forum at the Croydon Festival of Peace, inviting activists, artists, and community leaders to explore the Peace Education Program as a part of the solution for rising youth violence in London. Peace Partners recently released this video with highlights from the event.
In this new blog, UK Peace Education Program (PEP) volunteer Mary Dalgleish, writes about how “the PEP addresses the core of a human being, looking at the beauty and value of each person, not addressing what’s good or bad, right or wrong or trying to ‘fix’ people. It focuses on developing a positive approach to life; bypassing negative thought processes that can undermine an individual’s self-worth and behavior.”