Peace Monument Completion Ceremony: Light of Peace in Zambia
The unveiling ceremony of the HWPL Peace Monument was held on 1 March 2023 at Childhood Joy Academy in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambian youth and citizens who yearn for peace are actively participating in HWPL peace projects. The HWPL Peace Monument was built at Childhood Joy Academy, a school that teaches HWPL’s Peace Education. Childhood Joy Academy has been teaching HWPL’s Peace Education for three years after signing a peace education MOU with HWPL.
The Peace Monument, the first to be erected in Zambia, is a one-of-a-kind that was designed over several meetings. In the last stages, HWPL members from Korea also flew to Zambia to help with the construction. The construction began in November 2022 and concluded on 28 February 2023.
Renu Saran, the headteacher at Childhood Joy Academy, stated that the HWPL Peace Monument was erected with the hope that students will always remember peace and put it into practice so that the culture of peace could be spread to everyone.
She was appointed as an HWPL Peace Educator after participating in the HWPL peace educator training course in order to teach peace, and she has supported other teachers in the academy to also participate in the HWPL peace educator training course.
The peace monument’s unveiling ceremony was filled with various activities including learning the meaning behind the peace monument, reflecting on peace not only in Zambia but worldwide, and watching performances put on by students. The participants also took time to write peace letters advocating for the end of the Russian-Ukraine War.