“When you are 70, what words will be very important to you? For me, peace is very important,” Datuk Stella Chin, chairwoman of Global Peace Women Malaysia, said in her speech during the launching event of ‘Peace Begins in the Home’ movement.
The smallest and most common yet most fundamental institution in the world is the family institution. Family environment and relationships can act as either a risk factor or protective factor for children, who will be tomorrow’s leaders. This is why having a strong and healthy family foundation is so important.
On 20th October 2017, Global Peace Women Malaysia launched the ‘Peace Begins in the Home’ movement in an effort to remind and empower parents to nurture characters in their children. The event was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Education, Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who emphasized that real education should start from home. “Most of our people, leaders in the society always refer that everything should start from school, which is not the right way.” he said, “The right way should be everything starts from home. It starts with a loving and caring family”.
A peaceful family and home are more likely to produce peace-loving adults than an unhappy home. In the opening remarks by Tan Sri Datin Paduka Seri Hjh Zaleha Binti Ismail, chairman of Global Peace Foundation Malaysia, she said, “For us, parents who have children and people under our care, we must transmit values that ensure all of our future generations will become innovative, creative and moral leaders of the country”. Strong nations are built upon strong, healthy families.
Along with the introduction of Global Peace Women in the launch, Datuk Stella Chin announced the first family workshop to be held under ‘Peace Begins in the Home’ movement, that is Family is the School of Love, which will be held on 4th November 2017. Datuk Stella Chin has more than 20 years of experience in training parents nationwide and will be running the family workshop with Dr. Teh Su Thye, CEO of Global Peace Foundation Malaysia, which will be focusing on parenting skill and building stronger relationships.
“Let us all make a pledge today”, Tan Sri Zaleha urged, before ending her speech, “that we will work hard in whatever way we can with whomever we can collaborate to ensure that we succeed in bringing peace in the home and spread the philosophy of family is the school of love.“