Addis Ababa, 4 December 2015 (WIC) – HWPL Chairman Lee emphasized the importance of education in establishing sustainable peace in the world.
At the designation ceremony when the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Israel has become the first Peace Academy of Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), Chairman Lee underlined, “peace is something that blossoms from the hearts of each individual and can be achieved through the changes of perception from proper education”.
He added that when we accept the word - peace - and when children get closely acquainted with the term above any other through school curricula, the world where every individual can live peacefully will be fulfilled quicker than ever before.”
According to a press release HWPL sent to WIC, the institutions were designated, for the first time in history, as the Peace Academies of HWPL as of December 2, 2015.
A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church, Father Elias Chacour is a founder and principal of the schools of the Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI) established in Ibillin, an Arab town in the Northern District of Israel.
Chacour, an active Publicity Ambassador of HWPL, has cooperated to establish the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office in Israel and united the MEEI high school students with HWPL’s youth division, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), the press release indicated.
The MEEI consists of students and faculty from various faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Druze heritage.
Fr. Chacour has put forth his effort to build schools to educate children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds in the ways of peace, reconciliation, respect, and justice, it stated his commendable efforts to promote peace among youths have led to the honorable recognition of MEEI becoming the first HWPL Peace Academy.
The establishment of the HWPL Peace Institute through the MEEI in Israel will serve as a comprehensive program which provides an educational framework on interfaith conflict analysis and resolution, interfaith peace dialogue sessions, and alliance of religions through the World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Office.
HWPL will work to design programs and courses to enhance the peacemaking capacities of individuals and organizations from various faiths through the WARP Office events and will highlight HWPL’s most recent peacemaking efforts.