KCRP to open peace education center
Third such venture aims to provide language education, promote understanding
ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
April 15, 2011
Some 12 religious representatives from Buddhism, Catholicism, Chondogyo, Protestantism and Won-Buddhism will participate in the opening ceremony at Dalada Viharaya temple, Vavuniya in Sri Lanka on April 20.
The center, in the troubled regions where there is history of conflict between Tamils and Sinhalese, was completed last December.
Reverend Kim Nam-suc, secretary general of KCRP, said, “The center is the third one, following Mindanao in the Philippines and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.”
It will provide an opportunity to solve the regional conflict in Sri Lanka and language education for Sri Lankans, Reverend Kim said.
He said Sri Lankans are suffering from a lack of mutual understanding because of difference in religions and languages.
The center will offer education such as Singhalese, Tamil and English languages, computer, religious culture and peace for the youth in Sri Lanka, he said.
The 26-year Sri Lankan civil war between the majority Sinhalese government and ethnic Tamil minority ended in 2009, with some 80,000 people killed.
The aftermath of the war remained, constituting potential conflict factors in Sri Lanka.
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