Monday, 9 July 2018

Breaking the Cycle of Crime

 Violence Prevention

The Peace Education Program (PEP) is changing the lives of inmates and helping rehabilitate some of the state’s most violent men at Wolston Correctional Centre in Queensland, Australia.

“Since March 2017, we’ve seen 143 prisoners successfully through the Peace Education Program at Wolston,” says Lynne McNairn, Violence Prevention Coordinator . “Of those 143, 76 were in custody for violent offences. Since completing the course, we’ve had just two percent of that cohort involved in incidents. That’s down from the 30 percent who were involved in custodial incidents prior to the course.”

“The fact that she has a list of prisoners waiting to attend the opt-in course which teaches self-reflection, contentment, hope, and understanding, speaks to its effectiveness.

”Luke*, an inmate who “landed in the high-security Wolston Correctional Centre after his desperate $2,000-a-day heroin addiction led him to steal tens of thousands of dollars during armed robberies.”

His violent behavior continued behind bars, where he was “involved in incidents on an almost-weekly basis” until participating in PEP. Now Luke is sober and hasn’t been involved in any incidents in two years. Lynne points to Luke “as an example of what the program can do for prisoners who want to help themselves.”

*Name changed for confidentiality
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TPRF sponsored a recent event there that allowed them to follow-up on the program’s themes with Prem Rawat, and he talked about four of the things that are helpful to know in order to live a more fulfilling life.


Peace Education Program

The Peace Education Program (PEP) consists of 10 sessions, each focusing on a particular theme.These customised  interactive workshops are non-religious and non-sectarian. The content of each theme is based on excerpts from Prem Rawat’s international talks. The themes are: PeaceAppreciationInner StrengthSelf-AwarenessClarityUnderstandingDignityChoiceHope, and Contentment.

Celebrate Life Events collaborated with PC Damon Tulloch-Foley, to screen the documentary 'Inside Peace' to Lambeth community groups, police and local movers and shakers. We interviewed them at the end of the night and this video includes some of what they said.

Could you please elaborate on the impact of the Peace Education Program around the world?

Peace education is an effective way of learning to coexist with one’s fellow members of society. I like to think that using a peaceful approach is within our instinctual capabilities as human beings. To find peaceful solutions to our problems is to strive for balance in what we look for in our lives. For many of us, reaching peace requires introspection, which is very important in supporting our personal, familial, and social lives. It is hard to imagine that someone without inner harmony could be an instrument of peace for their community.

However, on a functional level, using a peaceful approach is essential in discovering some of the most profound principles of humanity. There is a direct relationship between social justice and peace. Opting for a diplomatic resolution to the problems that we face in our life is not a mere fantasy, it is the outcome of learning to use peaceful methods in dealing with one another. It helps us to develop positive relationship with others. It enables us to develop social skills, realize the choices we have in our lives, discover our inner strengths, become hopeful, and feel contentment regardless of changes in our living conditions.

Currently, the focus on peace education primarily comes as an element of correcting the problems we face in our political and civil lives, which are very important but discordant. Nonviolent struggles for change have proved repeatedly to be the only method for sustainable peace. Our apparent inability to live in peace and harmony with our community and environment has changed the continuation of life on Earth as we know it. Our non-peaceful political environment continues to bring us to the verge of a nuclear disaster more often than we ever imagined not long ago. More than ever, we desperately need to learn and teach others how to protest and ask for change in no other way than peaceful and non-violent resistance.

There are several peace education programs for young people or adults who are in correctional facilities, in addition to some used to heal long standing political problems that separate people from one another. More recently, many schools and colleges are paying close attention to principles of peaceful resistance. However, we do not have to resort to teaching peace only when we are faced with dire problems and severe strife. It should be an inseparable part our curriculum in every school, staring from kindergarten all the way to university.

The Peace Education Program
The purpose of the Peace Education Program (PEP) is to help participants discover their own inner resources—innate tools for living such as inner strength, choice, and hope—and the possibility of personal peace.This is an innovative educational program, facilitated by volunteers, with a curriculum that consists of 10 videos, each focusing on a particular theme. These customized, interactive workshops are non-religious and non-sectarian. The content of each theme is based on excerpts from Prem Rawat’s international talks. The themes are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.You are invited to explore these resources and learn more about TPRF’s Peace Education Program. For further information on initiating a PEP workshop in your area, or other information, please send a request to TPRF, selecting “Peace Education Programs” as your subject. 




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