Peace Education Program – An Introduction
Peace Education Program
The Peace Education Program (PEP) consists of 10 sessions, 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.
There are currently 3 stand-alone programs, and you can choose which course to start with. They are not sequential. Here are the unique aspects of each program:
PEP 1: Each DVD / session is 1 hour in length. It includes short and longer videos and five animated shorts. There are two Reflection times included in each session, which can be used at the facilitator’s discretion.
PEP 2: Each session is approximately 35 minutes in length, and there are two sessions on each DVD. PEP 2 is suitable for audiences of all ages, including young people. This program is ideal for people who have difficulty concentrating for longer periods of time, such as the ill, elderly, and those in a rehabilitation center. There are two designated reflection times per session. PEP 2 also includes some media interviews with Prem Rawat.
PEP 3: Designed to provide the maximum flexibility for PEP classes, PEP 3 consists of 10 DVDs with one theme per DVD. PEP 3 contains the same 10 themes as PEP 1 and PEP 2. The handouts have been reduced to one page per class, and the Facilitator Handbook has been merged with the Facilitator Manual.
PEP 3 allows for PEP classes to be flexible in length, as the situation requires. If, based on the audience and scheduling constraints, a shorter session is required, you could play half of the DVD one week and half the next week, or just choose half for a 10-week program. Additional videos are included for classes that are one hour or longer. There is also an optional second reflection time listed in the Workbook and Manual.
In addition to reviewing the information available on this website, please contact the PEP Help Desk for any questions about the program: email@example.com
PEP Latest Stories
So far this year, Miami’s Everglades Correctional Institution has more inmates participating in the Peace Education Program than any other correctional facility in the U.S. Volunteer facilitator Lucy Collins says, “One inmate has been in prison since he was 18. A counselor told us that until this guy started taking the program he never talked to anyone, he never had a smile on his face. He just kept to himself, for 46 years. And now he is never without a smile!”
The transformative potential of the Peace Education Program was highlighted at a recent screening of “Peace is Inevitable” in Croydon, England. The documentary film shows how the program inspired former members of the Bloods gang in Ibarra, Ecuador to renounce violence in favor of community improvement projects.
Tony Cobb has been incarcerated for 28 years, struggling with the haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Attending the Peace Education Program is giving him a new understanding of life and inspiring him to write: “I have a sweet, beautiful reality waiting to be discovered inside. I now step with knowledge, with the freedom of doing things with clarity.”