The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is partnering with the Prison Education Foundation to deliver the Peace Education Program in São Paulo Prisons, Brazil, to help detainees rehabilitate.
LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Prison Education Foundation (FUNAP) has renewed its partnership to bring the Prem Rawat Foundation’s peace education program to more than 6,000 inmates in 11 prisons in the state of São Paulo, Brazil by the end of the year.
FUNAP is a state foundation, linked to the Secretariat of the Prison Administration (SAP), responsible for helping prisoners to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through educational, professional, cultural and assistance initiatives. legal. Executive Director of FUNAP Henrique Pereira de Souza Neto signed the agreement to expand the use of the peace education program after a successful pilot made a noticeable impact on hundreds of inmates in the state earlier this year. Impressed with the results, several prison directors approved the program and recommended its expansion.
“I suggest that the project be extended to as many people as possible deprived of their liberty at the state level – and why not at the national level”, explains Claudemiro Alves Mauricio Junior, director of education at ASP Joaquim Fonseca Lopes.
Many inmates report that the program has been transformational.
“I was studying and working in prison. Then COVID happened and I couldn’t study and work anymore. I was depressed because I didn’t do anything every day. Now I feel happiness and I know that peace is possible “, explains one of the participants in the capital prison.
The Peace Education Program was created to help participants from all walks of life discover their own inner strength and personal peace. Extracts from Prem Rawat’s Inspirational lectures are at the heart of the program’s workshops, giving participants the opportunity to focus and reflect on their own humanity and their inner resources such as choice, hope and dignity. Rather than describing or defining personal peace, the program enables individuals to achieve their own understanding.
The expansion in Brazil will be implemented with the help of approximately 150 volunteers and a local NGO, Society for the Support of Knowledge and Inner Peace. This development follows growing international recognition.
Earlier this year, TPRF signed agreements with the South African Ministry of Corrections and the Italian Ministry of Justice to deliver the Peace Education Program in prisons in those countries. The program has already benefited more than 60,000 people in corrections, probation and parole systems in 40 countries, winning praise from authorities for improving inmate behavior, reducing recidivism and other results. positive.
A recent comprehensive study found that 89% of the 604 participants incarcerated on four continents benefited by helping them feel empowered to cope with past events, gain the will to change, better manage their anger and avoid fighting. .
The peace education program has also been proven to benefit a variety of people outside the correctional system, from other disadvantaged populations to university students and community groups.
Peace Education Program workshops can be offered in person, virtually, or on tablets to inmates by GTL and Edovo (tablet versions are 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 TPRF advances dignity, peace and prosperity by meeting basic human needs. TPRF provided more than $ 450,000 for COVID-19 relief projects around the world over the past year, including initiatives in Brazil provide medical care and food to vulnerable populations.
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