H4P Peace Philosophy
As we continue to grow, we continue to develop our education philosophy that guides and impinges significantly on our education system and process. Below is an outline of some areas of our business philosophy that you might want to know as you make your decision to join our campaign for peace in families and workplaces.
At H4P, we understand that peace is not a constant but rather a variable that could change due to changes in the environment. This means that even those who feel relatively peaceful have a job to do keeping/sustaining it or even making it better. We have had a fair number of families and workplaces who think they are relatively peaceful but still looking for ways, systems, structures and policies that will help to keep what they have, and make things better.
We do our best to inspire and instill hope, joy, and love in order to build peaceful hearts in our clients. We strongly believe that peace starts with the heart. Hopeful hearts, joyful hearts and loving hearts will with no doubt help to build peaceful hearts which is our overarching goal in families and workplaces. Peaceful individuals create peaceful healthy families and workplaces, consequently creating a peaceful healthy society. We believe that in order to build peaceful families, we need to focus on the individuals in those families. Once we have peace loving individuals, then we will have peaceful families. Likewise, all workplaces comprise of various individuals from different families. We therefore believe that in order to build peaceful workplaces, we need to start with the families where employees come from. Peaceful and healthy families will bring positive energy, constructive ideas, and a peaceful culture to their workplaces, thereby increasing productivity, achieving organizational goals, and generally making our communities peaceful for all of us to live.
Theory and Practice
At H4P, we have a great mix of content and process throughout our learning materials to accommodate a wide range of our clients/participants’ learning styles. This explains why most of our consultants are called animators as opposed to lectures, teachers or trainers. Animators will know when participants need a little more theory and philosophy of the subject matter; and when to animate with more hands-on or practice based learning. It is imperative to have a great mix of both theories and practices for peace to prevail because we have come to know that theory alone without practice leads to an empty idealism, and action without philosophical reflections leads to mindless activism (Elias & Merriam, 1995). For instance, most of us take love for granted thinking that it is automatic to love which is not always the case. Love has its theory and practice that is learnable and perfected. H4P employs very engaging and highly participatory learning methodologies throughout our learning materials. Peace being an eclectic field of study, the content and process in our learning materials is a careful selection from peace education, adult education, health education and community development paradigms.
Ontology of being peaceful
At H4P, we believe that being peaceful is not about the mere absence of war or other forms of violence, but rather, a state of complete physical, spiritual, mental, and social well-being. You need to be at peace with your family members, at your workplace, at your social group, at school, Church, with your friends, with yourself … in order to feel peaceful. H4P focuses on micro-peace concerned about inner peace and everyday peace in families and workplaces which is a strong microcosm for macro-peace worldwide. World peace should be build from the bottom up (starting with personal or inner peace, to families and workplaces) if we are to have meaningful peacebuilding efforts at national and international levels.
Believing and being
We usually become what we believe in. Who we are is a synthesis of our beliefs, faith and hope. For example, there is no way a football team can win a match without believing in themselves as capable of winning. If you don’t believe in yourself and your dreams, there is no reason why other people should believe in you or your campaigns promise. Believing in yourself, carrying a positive attitude, having hope, and having faith in what your doing are fundamental to success and achieving peace. At H4P, we do our best to inspire and instill self confidence in our clients/participants to believe in themselves as capable of achieving any realistic goals. It does not matter whether nobody around you believes in you, all that matters is when you start to believe in yourself; everything else is history.
Inductive logic of peace
H4P’s inductive logic of peace is underpinned by the manner in which parents pass-on peace theories and practices to their children from generation to generation. All human beings (babies) are born free, joyful, loving, with an open heart ready to receive and give love and peace. Depending on who is around them, babies will either learn to give and receive love, peace etc or learn how to be angry, violent, lies, etc. There are also babies who grow up indifferent neither to love, peace, joy, nor anger, violence etc because they have seen or experienced none in their lives. All the three types of babies described above enlighten us about the type of adults we are. There are those people who care so much about peace for all. Yet, there are those who are too angry and usually express their anger with violence. There are also those who just don’t care or not interested. The good news is that peace is teachable, learnable and practicable. At H4P, we aim at transforming our client to be peace loving citizens in their families, workplaces and their communities.