The Prem Rawat Foundation and the Tutu Foundation UK Partner on Forum Exploring Peace Education, Reconciliation, Prison Reform and Breaking the Cycle of Crime

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International Peace Advocate Prem Rawat to serve as Keynote Speaker and Multi-Award-Winning Documentary Inside Peace to Make U.K. Premiere at British Film Institute

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Peace Advocate Prem Rawat

Despite the many challenges, solutions exist that have the potential to transform the lives of people affected by prison and gang experiences.

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) and the Tutu Foundation U.K. will host a forum on June 15 at the British Film Institute with government and NGO leaders to explore topics such as peace education, reconciliation, alternatives to violence, prison reform and breaking the cycle of crime. The forum will include the U.K. premiere of Inside Peace, a multi-award-winning documentary film that chronicles how the Peace Education Program has a profound impact on the lives of several inmates both inside a Texas jail as well as in their lives following release as they try to change their ways.

A signature initiative of TPRF, the Peace Education Program (PEP) is an innovative, free multimedia course available in 68 countries that helps people discover inner resources such as strength, choice and hope. The June 15 event will also consider the traditional South African idea of ‘Ubuntu,’ an underlying concept in the writings of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that highlights the need for forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance.

Paul Bloomfield, attorney and governor of the Sir John Cass Foundation, an educational charity that provides grants and supports prisoner education, will serve as master of ceremonies at the event. Peter Clarke, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, and Lord Tom McNally, who is the current Chair of the Youth Justice Board, will lead a panel discussion following the film screening. The panel discussion and a keynote address by Prem Rawat will be streamed on the website via YouTube.

Rawat, an international peace advocate and founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation, will present his vision of peace based on the development of inner resources. He has spoken to tens of millions of people over the last 50 years at events across the world, bearing a message of peace that resonates with diverse audiences, from inmates to political and business leaders. He has won numerous awards for his peace advocacy work and has been invited to speak at correctional facilities as well as many important institutional venues and forums, including the European Parliament, the United Nations and the Italian Senate.

Both TPRF and the Tutu Foundation UK are hopeful that the event will help inspire new perspectives and solutions. “While news media sensationalizes violence and tragedy, Inside Peace provides a window into the hearts and minds of men who choose to break the cycle of crime,” says TPRF President Daya Rawat. “Despite the many challenges, solutions exist that have the potential to transform the lives of people affected by prison and gang experiences.”

About the Video Stream

Watch at on June 15, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.
Participate via social media using the hashtags, #PEPstories and #UbuntuStories

About the panelists

*Panel Chairperson, Lord Tom McNally, Chair, Youth Justice Board, reviews strategic direction and reports to the Secretary of State for Justice; Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords; spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs (2006 – 2010); Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (2010 – 2013).

*Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and former Head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard; appointed (2009) by the Prime Minister to be a member of the UK national Security Forum, created to advise Government implementation of the UK National Security Strategy.

*Joseph Duncan, Ubuntu Project Leader: coach and facilitator; co-founder of Youth Futures, whose restorative work involves police, council, community liaison to deal with youth drug offenses, robbery, carrying knives and violence, reaching over 300 young people in Southwark and Lambeth.

*Deon DuPreez, former head of the Maximum Security
Unit at Zonderwater Prison, Cullinan, South Africa, housing over 500 inmates serving life sentences; monitor of the Peace Education Program at Zonderwater since its inception in 2009.

*Gerry Marshall, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation (2001 – 2012), winner of Howard League Community Justice Awards. He held the Probation Chiefs Association portfolio for Equality and Diversity and for Restorative Justice.

*Sir Alan Ward, former judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales;
made a Queen’s Counsel (1984); appointed a High Court judge (1988). Born and raised in South Africa, he practiced as an Attorney of the Supreme Court, occasionally being instructed by Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo.

*John Biggin, OBE, Cmgr, MBA; Voted as 2010 Guardian Newspapers “Public Servant of the Year.” Former manager of three prison systems, including HMP Thameside.

About The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF)
Twitter: @TPRF
Instagram: @thepremrawatfoundation

TPRF is dedicated to helping build a world at peace, one person at a time. To fulfill its mission of addressing fundamental human needs of food, water and peace, the foundation has developed programs such as Food for People, which serves hundreds of thousands of nutritious daily meals to impoverished children each year and the Peace Education Program (PEP) that helps people discover inner resources such as strength, choice, and hope as well as to explore the possibility of personal peace. The course has been presented in 68 countries at a large variety of organizations and community groups, including colleges, youth programs, adult education programs, hospice centers, retiree centers, prisons, and rehabilitation programs. Since its founding in 2001, the charity has also supported numerous emergency relief efforts, providing more than 158 grants to aid people in 40 countries.

About The Tutu Foundation U.K.

The Tutu Foundation UK was founded in 2007 by the Very Reverend Colin Slee, the late Dean of Southwark Cathedral, and Edith Slee, with the support of their close friends Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu. It is built on the inspiration and knowledge of South African communities who sought reconciliation rather than revenge following the overthrow of apartheid, through the concept of ‘Ubuntu’. Ubuntu encourages people to recognize their common humanity, connectedness and inter-dependence as fellow human beings — what people have in common rather than the differences. Chairman Clive Conway is leading the charity forward on an ambitious path of working with police forces, young people and the health sector to reduce violence.

About Inside Peace

Inside Peace, the feature documentary by American filmmaker Cynthia Fitzpatrick, chronicles the lives of several inmates both inside a Texas jail as well as in their lives following release as they explore the possibility of change. The film offers a rare look, not only inside the correctional facility, but inside the hearts and minds of the men featured. At its core is the Peace Education Program the men attend, initially as an excuse to get free pencils, paper and an hour of air conditioning in the sweltering heat of San Antonio, Texas. Eventually, though, it is their minds and spirits that become refreshed, through exposure to concepts such as reflection, inner strength and the possibility of real change — from the inside out.

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