Frequently asked questions about PEP
What is The Prem Rawat Foundation? The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is a nonprofit public foundation created in 2001. The mission of TPRF is to address the fundamental human needs of food, water, and peace so that people can live with dignity, peace, and prosperity. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, TPRF is dedicated to helping build a world at peace, one person at a time. Learn more about TPRF at tprf.org
What is the Peace Education Program (PEP)? Developed by TPRF, the Peace Education Program is a curriculum of 10 multimedia facilitated workshops based on themes designed to explore one’s inner resources. The content of each themed workshop is based on excerpts from the international talks about personal peace by TPRF’s founder, Prem Rawat.
What are the 10 themes of PEP? They are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.
What are the objectives of PEP?
For participants to:
1. Understand the possibility of personal peace
2. Become aware of their inner resources such as: clarity, hope, and choice
3. Recognize their innate value
What kind of experience or training does the PEP Facilitator require? Although PEP is organized as a course curriculum, the facilitator does not act as a teacher. The role of the facilitator is very simple and requires no specific expertise: it is to play the DVDs, hand out materials, arrange breaks if needed, and to offer time for reflection and/or individual expressions. The program is about individual self-discovery—something that is unique for each person. Participation should be voluntary.
Where is PEP being presented? PEP is currently offered in a wide variety of settings globally and in many languages. Just a few examples of organizations hosting PEP include correctional facilities, civic centers, adult education programs, healthcare settings, senior centers, and veterans groups. PEP continues to expand to a greater variety and number of settings and languages every month.
What is involved in starting a PEP?
1. A team of at least 2 people is recommended, as well as a facility willing to host the PEP. The facility organization may supplement the team or run the PEP independently.
2. Visit the Peace Education Program website to become familiar with all of the information about PEP and available PEP resources, including samples of the program, video clips, endorsement letters, and more.
3. After completing #s1 and 2 (above), please go to the TPRF website links on “How to start a PEP” and follow the instructions to the PEP License Application and the Reporting System at least 10 days in advance of each start date.
4. Your application will be processed upon receipt, after which you will receive a communication from the PEP Welcome Team, providing a link to materials you will require to get started and information about obtaining a PEP Kit, when needed.
5. If you have any questions, please email the Help Desk
What does TPRF request of people who receive the PEP course materials?
Attendance numbers: You will be sent a link to an online attendance report, to be filled out monthly. This information helps TPRF to track progress worldwide.
Please keep in touch: Quarterly podcasts are made available, and email invitations and bulletins are provided to all PEP volunteers and facilitators. Your participation is welcome.
Feedback: TPRF welcomes stories, interviews, anecdotes, quotes, photos, and information about how the program has affected participants. Many of the Foundation’s website news articles come from reports from facilitators. Quotes from participants (name not needed), photos of the class or individual participants with their permission, and observations of the facilitators or facility officials help to tell the story of the program first hand. TPRF can assist you with release forms and advice about the best way to capture these stories, quotes and photos.
Your help with this effort is much appreciated.