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Peace for All
Global Peace Pioneer’s mission is to bring peace while creating a new generation of peace workers and peace promoters. GPP has been working under the set pattern centered to look peace through various glances. GPP team always tries its best to achieve its mission and work on the activities that may bring peace and interfaith harmony. In connection with religious unrest and intolerance GPP has initiated various activities to address the issues at gross level. GPP has also worked from dawn to dust to empower communities to improve their living condition.
With innumerable wars enjoined with political and geographic issues going on around the world, hindrances against the efforts to create and maintain peace are being posed. The overall unrest and chaos observed among the people have shattered the development process of many countries. Peacebuilding happens when individuals, communities and organizations work to create a culture of peace throughout the year. GPP respects all the days celebrated around the world including the international peace day but it is more important to work and remember peace every day because every day should be peaceful so it will be beautiful. GPP sees Interfaith Harmony and peace as interdependent and interrelated. Nothing is possible with out looking them both together and working equally.
GPP implements Peace and Interfaith Harmony projects in the following three ways:
GPP Advocacy and lobbying involves activities that lead to:
- Highlighting and solving problems by putting them on the agenda, recommending solutions and building support for action on both the problems and solutions related to peace and interfaith harmony
- Influencing the public interest through organized, systematic and intentional action to influence a particular process or/on matters of public interest
- Influencing government policy by way of actions aimed at changing the policies, positions and programs of the government and other institutions
- Promoting democracy, peace and interfaith harmony by enhancing social changes so as to influence and affect policies, attitudes, social and power relationships
In short, lobbying and advocacy is a process of influencing what other people feel, think and believe so that changes can happen the way the influencers want them to happen. For successful lobbying and advocacy practice it is important:
- Involve the people
- Have a reactive agenda designed
- Advance/promote pro-active agenda
- Have careful planning
These three ways are based on one thing to aware people and involve them towards practical actions. Promoting peace and bringing interfaith harmony involves intensive interaction with the stakeholders from the upper to lower level, from community to political representative and from campus students to professionals. GPP has been drafted its plan by putting the vision to address the peace and interfaith harmony in a better way. Most of the activities from mass mobilization to awareness raising and from campaign launching to action orientation, GPP works very closely with the stakeholders of all age and most of the capacities of persons.
GPP has established and working with peace groups in various locations building capacities through formation of peace groups, initiating with peace education program, peace leadership program. Peace counseling through peace talks, work shops, trainings, workshops, peace walks and through peace art exhibitions.
Peace Groups Formation
GPP believes that without involving youth and communities at all level it cannot proceed effectively with the efforts to create and maintain peace in Pakistan and beyond. Therefore, GPP has been forming peace groups at campus and community level. The peace groups at campus level (present in ten universities and three colleges of Islamabad, two universities and two colleges of Lahore and in one university of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa each) are comprises of students and teachers. While the peace groups present at community level are comprises of women and youth. The peace groups at campus level help in advocacy related activities for the promotion of peace, while the peace groups at community level help out in implementing the different projects of GPP more effectively.
Peace Leadership Course
GPP has initiated Peace Leadership Courses for the youth of community and campus level adopting a gender based approach. GPP Peace leadership program is designed for youth aiming to equip them with strategies to handle the formidable challenges associated with Peacebuilding and conflict resolution and with moving into new and increasingly more complex leadership roles. The programs include trainings, workshops, community based events, exposure tour to different scenarios to learn the art of peace. GPP has trained 540 youth both from 10 campus and 09 communities of Katchi Abadi in ICT districts. PLP has enabled participants to use these concepts to analyze processes of peace-building, including their own practices and skill-sets as peace-builders, understand the relationship between peace, unity, justice, equality, at interpersonal, inter-group, and global levels.
Capacity Building Program through Peace Education
GPP believes that human mind cannot be transformed without education. For diverting the minds of our society towards peace promotional purposes, education works as the most important prerequisite. By education here we mean all the activities which teach the society representatives regarding the values and practices which can play a role in improving the overall course of their lives. Under Capacity Building Program through Peace Education, GPP has prepared a “Peace through Education Manual” which not only helps out the teachers to incorporate the peace values into the minds of pupils, but which is equally helpful for the students, youth and women to take benefit from it on self help basis.
Education alone may not get along to transform a civilized society unless we incorporate the Civic Education in our educational Curriculum. To highlight the importance of civic education and its role in creating a peaceful environment GPP often organizes Pease Seminars at community and campus level. GPP believes that Civic Education is a multiple processes through which children, young and adults acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for effective democratic citizenship. Civic knowledge and participation are not passed down through the genetic code — they require that each generation of students learn civic facts, explore democratic ideals and connect such concepts to the responsibility of citizenship.
The objective to hold peace talks at community and campus level is to get feedback regarding peace and interfaith efforts in Pakistan and beyond from indigenous perspectives. Due to their lively interesting topics, the peace talks sessions are eagerly awaited by people of caliber which include retired government servants, teachers, university and college students, priests, and representatives of the organizations which share their goals and objectives with the GPP.
GPP has been trying to play its due role to be the messenger of peace and create a new generation of peace workers, peace defenders, and peace negotiators towards catalyzing positive changes in the community towards prevention of conflicts and promotion and sustenance of peace in the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Pakistan and beyond. In order to achieve this goal and promote this concept GPP organizes various events, trainings and workshops.
These workshops are generally attended by people from all religious and social communities comprises of Sikhs, Hindus, Bhais, Muslims, Christians and people from other faiths. Representatives of various INGOs, NGOs, Religious Scholars businessmen and students also like attending the Peace Workshops organized by the GPP.
Peace Art Exhibitions
Art and peace are closely interlinked with each other as without peace man cannot utilize his creative and aesthetic skills to create art and without art it is difficult to clearly envision what he wants to achieve in terms of peace. Moreover, the art exhibitions help the observers clearly imagine regarding how this world can be if they are succeeded in maintaining the peace in their surroundings. Taking on this approach, GPP has been organizing peace art exhibitions at various levels. Most of the times, the main addressees and participants into these exhibitions are the children, youth and the women.
Streamlining people and institutions for the promotion of peace has always been among the top priorities of the GPP. Perhaps that is the reason that it has not only formed its own peace network to which hundreds of students and community members are active members of, GPP is itself a member of numerous national and international peace and development networks.