The Project to Foster Peace Citizens, Implemented by HWPL Peace Education

Kotebe Metropolitan University implements the peace education to train peace-building citizens in Ethiopia

In December, the professors and students at Kotebe Metropolitan University participated at the โ€˜Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) Peace Educationโ€™ sessions which are also joined by 214 schools in 36 countries. The Sessions provided platforms for students and professors to express the significance of peace education and discuss the process of implementing peace education with the visions laid out by HWPL.

Ethiopia isย a melting pot country, enrichedย in diverse cultures, peoples, and religions. However, such diversity sparked many conflicts in history, some of which are ongoing. These conflicts have stripped the country and people apart emotionally, and the Ethiopian government is actively working to peacefully resolve them for the better future of the country.

To bring the peaceful reconciliation in the country, the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia and 9 other states had previously signed MOA with HWPL to implement HWPL’s Peace Education. The curriculum is designed to empower citizens to properly recognize the value of peace and take the pioneering role of spreading the culture of peace.

Implementing Peace Education is also the practical step toward implementing visions laid out by the Article 10(“Spreading a culture of peace”) of 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the โ€˜Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)โ€™. Citizens are carrying out the popular peace movement to present DPCW to the United Nations for ratification as international peace law in the form of a legally binding document. This global movement aims to fundamentally cutย the vicious cycles of war and support citizensย in promoting the value of peace as the universal culture for humanity.

A student who participated at the peace education said, โ€œI learned why peace education is important for resolving conflicts in Ethiopia. It taught me to act as a messenger of peace. It is also important to present 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the DPCW to the UN to fundamentally eradicate war and conflicts. To this end, we must continue to participate in peace education,โ€ emphasizing the need of peace education in order to peacefully resolve the conflicts in Ethiopia.

After signing MOA with HWPL, the Ministry of Higher Education in Ethiopia is currently reviewing the โ€˜HWPL Peace Educationโ€™ to incorporate and implement it as formal curriculum in all the universities. Addis Ababa School of Science and Technology (AASTU) also held the peace education sessions right after the Kotebe Metropolitan University.