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 Alpha Times, a newspaper distributed to inmates and staff at HM Prison Leeds in West Yorkshire, England recently featured this article, highlighting the profound impact PEP had on Rajinder, an inmate.
Irene Woodhead and a team of volunteers launched the Peace Education Program in Cornwall, UK with a screening of “Inside Peace,” a documentary about four inmates who attended the peace workshops in a Texas prison. One viewer said it was “absolute madness that there are inmates who have a life of pain and difficulty who are in more peace than billions of people on the outside world, living normal ‘free’ lives… It was just amazing to me— if these guys get in contact with that, then anyone can.”
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.