2022 HWPL Peace Educator Training Completion Ceremony
On August 27, HWPL Peace Educator Training Completion Joint Ceremony was held online with Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Two educators from Uganda, 32 educators from Kenya, and one educator from Tanzania attended this HWPL Peace Educator Training Completion Ceremony. After this completion ceremony, they will conduct peace education in their respective locations.
Human rights issues such as wars, gaps between the rich and the poor, discrimination, and sexual exploitation of children and women, which still exist, are destroying world peace. In such an era, educators from Africa are not just longing for peace, but are carrying out their role in their respective positions to contribute to peace. They teach the value of peace to their students and methods to achieve peace by helping the students understand the root cause of conflict. In doing so, they are helping the students grow up as citizens of peace who contribute to world peace.
The peace educators have completed their study in the 12 lessons of the HWPL Peace Education in about a year from April of 2021, and they are ready to teach peace to the students. At this completion ceremony, they signed the HWPL Peace Educator’s Pledge and had time to pledge their mission as peace educators.
HWPL Peace Educator’s Pledge
- With a sense of duty as a HWPL peace educator, I will plant peace by teaching students about the HWPL’s activities to end all wars and achieve world peace.
- I promise to educate students on peace values online or offline by the HWPL Peace Education curriculum.
- I will actively cooperate for my affiliated education institution to sign MOUs as a Peace Academy so that it can introduce the HWPL Peace Education curriculum.
- As a peace messenger of HWPL, I promise to actively participate in peace activities in peace law, religion, women, youth, and media, as well as peace education.
Mr. Bartholomew Lumbasi Wanikina, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education in Kenya said, “Kenya is very different from Korea. There are still children on the streets begging for money and children suffering from domestic violence. But these children are neither taught properly nor protected by anyone. There are teachers for peace activities in schools, but they are still a small number and most of them are one-time education. Therefore, as pursued by HWPL, policies and steady peace education activities are needed to cultivate many peace teachers at the school level. In addition, examples and stories are needed to understand Kenyan students through peace values that can be seen through HWPL’s peace textbook. I should always study and develop the contents of education. It will conduct practical activities to teach and implement this peace education to many teachers who manage it. We will continue to discuss and complete peace education with the HWPL Peace Education Team to ensure that it goes well.” He also said that as a leader of educators, he will help all educators to teach peace through HWPL Peace Educator Training.
Ms. Christine Kerubo Owinyi, the Head of Department of ESD of Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) said, “It was touching that I could be here today because I had already experienced peace. So, I thought this class was worth it. When I read only peace education textbooks without education, I thought about how to continue this activity. However, through this education, I felt that I should change myself and influence people around me, not just knowledge transfer. Through the discussion, I think I thought more specifically about how to actually introduce this peace education. I should be a person who practices more for peace than now.”