Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Peacebuilding through Education Conference - Highlights

(Video Duration: 13 mins. 34 secs.)

The Fountain magazine and the Peace Islands Institute organized "Peacebuilding through Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Cases" conference on September 24, 2012, in New York. This video is a brief footage of highlights from the event. Gulen-inspired schools and Gulen movement educational initiatives were discussed by education ministers and intellectuals some of whom traveled from around the world.

Below you may find an excerpt of Fethullah Gulen's message to the conference:
Dear guests and organizers,

Thank you for your kind invitation to the Peacebuilding through Education conference, and I regret being unable to join you today. The theme you cover in this conference is a very dear one, and I feel very honored to be a part of it through The Fountain magazine that continues to publish my essays. I have been penning my humble writings with hopes for a contribution, as much as an essay can go, to a greater good of our world, to a better understanding of the meaning of our lives, to a greater appreciation of being human -the best of creation- and to the promotion of mutual respect and tolerance among nations, and all other values and high goals The Fountain aims to uphold in its pages and cherished not to a lesser degree by co-sponsors of this conference.

I wholeheartedly commend The Fountain magazine, Peace Islands Institute, the Baruch College, Quinnipiac University, New York Institute of Technology, Yale University and Alliance for Shared Values for their partnership in this event. I welcome all speakers, especially those who had to cover long distances from abroad and other states...

The volunteers of service continue to win over the hearts of many around the world, they strive to build peace.

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