New agreement expands peace education program in South Africa

Prem Rawat (left) and Reverend Dr. Menzi Mkhathini of the Department of Corrections sign a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the peace education program in correctional facilities across South Africa

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is partnering with the South African Department of Corrections to expand the Peace Education Program in correctional facilities across the country.

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizes the partnership and builds on years of positive results with the program to help inmates successfully rehabilitate and reintegrate into society. Over 1,000 inmates have already participated in the program at Zondewater Jail in Cullinan, South Africa, earning praise from administrators for improving behavior. “When you have peace within yourself, if you have hope, then we can start the restorative justice process. The peace education program works in South Africa,” said Deon Du Preez, Deputy Director of Zonderwater.

the Peace Education Program The workshops give participants the opportunity to focus and reflect on their own humanity and their inner resources such as choice, hope and dignity. The workshops present videos of Prem Rawat’s addresses and on April 15, the TPRF founder was in Cape Town for a celebration of the signing of the MoU.

“The peace education program works by providing a mirror, by providing an opportunity to help people find a way back to themselves,” Prem Rawat said at the gathering of leaders and supporters.

Reverend Dr. Menzi Mkhathini speaking on behalf of the Commissioner General of the South African Correctional Service expressed his great appreciation for the expanded partnership with TPRF.

“We realized that in order to be able to rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders into the community, we need to make sure that we really reach out to an individual’s inner spirit. And this program helps do just that,” he said. “I want to say to the Prem Rawat Foundation, continue the amazing work you have started to help us correct offensive behavior and ensure that those in need during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and beyond are also helped.”

The strengthening partnership in South Africa reflects growing support in other countries around the world. For example, earlier this year, the The Italian Ministry of Justice has signed a memorandum of understanding to also generalize the program in correctional establishments to help inmates reintegrate into society.

The program has already been offered in more than 685 correctional facilities around the world. A comprehensive recent study found that 89% of 604 incarcerated participants on four continents benefited by helping them feel capable of coping with past events, gaining a will to change, better managing their anger and avoiding fights.

the Peace Education Program has also proven itself to a variety of people outside of corrections, from other disadvantaged populations to college students.

Last year in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Ministry of Social Development named the peace education program as one of the essential services needed to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. . A further study by the department found remarkable benefits for 95% of participants in homeless shelters, helping them experience a “paradigm shift” in their value system from anger and self-pity to a increased tolerance, contentment and self-reliance.

In 2020, almost 3,000 people in South Africa participated in the peace education program in various settings, including rehabilitation and youth development centres. Total global attendance reached over 44,000 people in 50 countries.

Peace Education Program workshops can be delivered in-person, virtually, or on inmate tablets by GTL and Edovo (tablet versions currently available in the US only). The Prem Rawat Foundation provides the workshop materials free of charge.

the Peace Education Program is just one of the ways in which TPRF advances dignity, peace and prosperity by meeting basic human needs.

TPRF provided over $300,000 to COVID-19 Relief Projects around the world in the past year, including one initiative to feed parolees and other disadvantaged people in Johannesburg.

Learn more about the Prem Rawat Foundation and the Peace Education Program here.

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