Two testimonals from people who have benefitted from attending the Peace Education Programme.
Here in the UK the PEP has been expanding since the first classes held at HMP Thameside were started in 2015. In 2016 an event at the British Film Institute sponsored jointly by The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) and The Tutu Foundation premiered the documentary. 'Inside Peace', a film which follows the impact of the programme on inmates in San Antonio Texas. The invited audience included leaders from the prison service, and the event forum keynote address was given by TPRF founder Prem Rawat. You can view a recording of the forum here. In 2017 1,775 attendees participated in 243 PEP sessions in correctional facilities in the UK. To date PEP sessions have been held in 11 UK prisons.
Peace Partners is delighted to have been supporting PEP financially through donations, and as sponsors/partners of events and presentations, including a further showing of the film Inside Peace in central London. This year we are partnering with a university in the north of England to show the film again. For a flavour of what has been happening in the UK visit our website Peace Education Blog here.
A very recent TPRF video update about how the program is helping people in Colombia heal after five decades of civil war can be viewed below.
New stories from TPRF
The following TPRF blog article describes the impact of PEP on both some Miami-Dade County female inmates and volunteers alike; and can be read here. And all the latest reports and articles about current developments can be found on TPRF's website here
In 2014 a study commissioned from social research consultants Damooei Global Research analysed 365 worldwide surveys of participants in the programme, conducted in the previous 18 months. Author Dr. Jamshid Damooei reported that the results showed “a tremendous improvement with regard to believing that feeling peace is a possibility. Before the programme less than 42% believed that feeling peace was possible. After the programme, almost 100% believed that it was. Three quarters (74.3%) strongly feel that peace is a possibility in their lives.” The report, which includes a host of brief personal answers from survey respondents (from which our header quote is drawn), makes for fascinating and inspiring reading. You can download it from TPRF's website here.