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The Peace Centre is dedicated primarily to the development of a Peace Culture through Experiential, Participatory and Democratic collective Social Learning Methodologies. To this end, the latest theory and practice for human Collective Social Learning and Development will be adopted for members and friends of the Centre and the ultimate rolling out to the total population - minors, youth, and the adult population-, both in towns and the rural communities.

We consider local traditional peace-building actions like: peace marches, peace festivals and other ‘peace ritual’ actions as useful in empowering the existing members of the peace community. Lectures and panel discussion are also useful tools, but in practice they remain elitist get-togethers for ‘preaching the already converted’.

The debate is about actions that will indeed help society transcend from the current Adversarial Culture to one of Peace.  Changing to a Peace Culture involves a process of abandoning popular ideology, perceptions, stereotypes, and attitudes about the ‘enemy’,  and reflection through which an environment for a new image of peace to emerge spontaneously is provided.

Peace Actions to be really effective, they need to be well thought, well designed, well implemented and well interweaved to involve the whole society. It is a process very much like the architectural process of building a house, or the strategic planning of war itself, but furthermore, there is the very important need to engage with ‘the enemy’ in the collaborative development of a common vision for tomorrow.

Envisioning has an important place in our hearts and minds. However, dreams that separate people into nations, religions, or any other separate group, and exclude the satisfaction of the other’s needs and rights cannot bring sustainable peace. Scenarios that will impose intolerable difficulties and pain to the ‘other’ simply increase disillusionment. A dream that has the chance of becoming a reality starts with:

  • The recording and analysis of events that brought about the current reality and the recognition that the evils that historically one side has brought upon the other cannot be corrected. Moreover, each perpetrator could himself go back in time      and refer to his suffering and the evils that his people have suffered at the hands of the other.
  • Although the evil past should not be forgotten, we must recognise it, express our regret, apologise, and ask for forgiveness. Simultaneously, we should forgive the other for the evils that his side has perpetrated on our side.

This is the way to begin on the road towards a new vision where: “One side wishes for the ‘other’ whatever they wish for themselves, and together they work to make it a reality”

We do realize that Effective Peace Work is not easy. We also recognize that the whole of society needs to get involved. This is however where we can begin. Ambitious as it is, so determined we are.