'Peace education is the process of acquiring the values, the knowledge and developing the attitudes, skills and behaviours to live in harmony with oneself, with others and with the natural environment.' (UNESCO)
What is the Peace Education Programme?
The Peace Education Programme (PEP) is a media-based educational programme, created by The Prem Rawat Foundation. The purpose is to help participants explore the possibility of personal peace and discover inner resources - innate tools for living such as inner strength. The Programme consists of 10 hours of workshop material focused on a selection of core themes from Prem Rawat’s international addresses. The themes are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, & Contentment. Each session includes several video segments, times for reflection and accompanying reading material. There is a workbook for each participant. There are no tests, as the programme is about individual self-discovery - something that is unique for each person. PEP sessions can be held weekly over a 10 week period or arranged to suit the requirements of the hosting organisation.
The main message of the program is that, while every person has a source of inner peace, many may never explore this innate ability and thus never find it. The Peace Education Program strives to set its participants on a journey to discover this possibility within themselves. During these sessions, they listen to and watch educational videos, express themselves, and develop a sense of where they are going in their lives and where they want to be in the future. The course content is not culturally biased and has been used successfully in many countries with a variety of cultures and types of people. Course materials are currently available in 27 languages with further translations underway. Written materials are available in Braille and DVDs with subtitles for the hearing impaired are also available.
Who would benefit from using a PEP?
• Civic & Government Groups
• Community Groups
• Corporations & Foundations
• Correctional Facilities
• Educational Facilities
• Healthcare and Wellness
• Police & Law Enforcement
• Any group or organisation involved in helping people take control of their lives
What would a PEP offer people in my group or organisation?
• Fosters self-esteem in the individual
• Creates a positive impact on one’s relationships with others
• Gives individuals a sense of self-worth
• Promotes wellbeing
• Promotes dignity
• Instills a sense of hope, clarity and understanding
• Promotes personal peace and contentment, regardless of changes in living conditions and circumstances
How does a PEP work?
• The PEP invites attendees to listen, reflect and explore their inner resources: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.
• It addresses the core of a human being - not what’s good/bad or what they might have done. It helps people discover the strengths they already have within and empowers them to make the most of their lives.
• Course attendees are encouraged to think for themselves, to know the difference between belief and knowledge.
• The course develops and encourages basic and universal human principles, such as equality, respect and dignity.
• The course addresses the similarities in people, no matter what their particular issues may be and by discussing and reflecting on universal themes that everyone can relate to.
The Peace Education programme (PEP) is an ideal vehicle to help fulfil the aim of the Peace Pledge.......
'The Pledge to Peace' was created in Brussels in November 2011 to develop ‘peace and peace education to enhance well-being’ and has been signed by a wide range of educational institutions, organisations, cities and leaders, including the first Vice-President of the European Parliament. Prem Rawat is recognised as one of the main inspirers of the Pledge to Peace and, in June 2014, the Pledge was presented at the Houses of Parliament in London where Prem Rawat addressed the assembly.