how to try to find peace in conflict areas
Prem Rawat said, "The main problem all around the world today, whether in Japan, America, Russia, India, China or anywhere else in the world, is that most of the people are not in peace. People want peace." He is definitely among those who want to establish peace in the world. That is why such a social science study as Peace and Conflict is created to identify and analyze people's behaviors and the motives to conflicts in order to promote sustainable universal peace.
Peace building aims at finding nonviolent ways to dissolve injustice by transforming destructive, conflicting cultural and structural conditions into peaceful acts.
How to try to find peace in conflict areas?
Peace awareness-raising sessions
The first step to restore peace in conflict zones is to raise public awareness of the destructive impacts of conflicts for their surroundings and for their nation. This consists of calling community meetings to discuss the reasons for conflict.
To solve the problem effectively, it is necessary to involve local citizens in conflict resolution and peacekeeping initiatives. During the meetings, participants' concerns should be enlisted, and decisions should be taken with a focus to maintain peace and avoid further conflicts.
Promoting peace in the community
Among the factors to conflict in a community, culture-related reasons are the most difficult to tackle with. To achieve peace, it is crucial that peaceful cultural events be created in order to gradually transform the local culture into peacekeeping initiatives. To be efficient, it is necessary to encourage community participation in all the events, which are to be organized.
Among the most reliable cultural activities are cross-cultural festivals and parades and sporting events. However, it is primordial that peace education be carried out in order to impart local people with the values of harmonious living, and to instill the hunger for peace in each individual.
To save citizens from the toxic conflicting community life, it is urgent that peace education be implemented. This should be done in schools, through the mass media, and through formal and non-formal approaches to the community.
Among such initiatives, it is advisable to include the following:
- Introducing children's rights and human rights in school curriculum
- Creating peace-education programs in the community, with a focus on human rights and mutual help
- Promoting cultural diversity and values in the conflict areas
- Providing life-skill training and psychosocial rehabilitation through group counseling with the aim to promote tolerance attitude within the community or the conflict areas.
Changing public attitude
Intolerance to cultural diversity is among the reasons for inter-community conflicts. To address such an issue, it is essential that public attitude towards pluralism be changed in order to eradicate any acts of intolerance among community members. The objective is to cultivate a welcoming and tolerance attitude in conflict communities.
This could be done by promoting cross-cultural events in the target community and eventually in the country. Each citizen is involved in peace-building initiatives, as Prem Rawat, the founder of the TPRF Foundation, said.