International Day of Peace
September 12, 2012 – September 23, 2012
Co-sponsored by Children of the Earth and Vermont Peace Academy
Building A Culture of Peace Youth Leadership Institute (the Institute) is an on-going long term project that offers opportunities for American and Chinese youth to learn leadership skills and knowledge necessary for participating in the movement of building a culture of peace worldwide now and in the future.
The Institute is co-sponsored by Children of the Earth and Vermont Peace Academy. Children of the Earth is a well established, UN recognized NGO. Dedicated to the building of a better future, Children of the Earth deliver programs which provide young people with the empowerment and leadership skills necessary to advance peace in the world today and in the future. Children of the Earth fosters international networks of cooperation, multicultural understanding, spiritual values, and ethical living skills. Vermont Peace Academy (VPA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the teaching, learning and practice of peace. Established in 2003, VPA contributes to the global movement of creating a culture of peace through an array of programs including conferences and workshops, educational programs in primary and secondary schools, and professional trainings. Its curriculum is focused on Nonviolent Communication, Diversity, Cross-cultural Understanding, and Leadership. In 2010, the Vermont Peace Academy expanded its peace education into the international community. Working with schools and organizations of different countries, VPA dedicates itself to creating opportunities for American youth and youth of other countries to actively work together to pursue peaceful solutions to current social problems and issues. Children of the Earth and Vermont Peace Academy aim to develop an effective and replicable model for training international youth peace leaders.
The project starts with a two-week program through which the youth of the two countries to learn together, to share experience and perspectives, and to form action plans to be implemented in their own countries. Topics of the training covers leadership skills such as “Reflection,” “Connection,” and “Action.” Sample topics include, but are not limited to, “Becoming a Global Citizen,” “Listening to Understand,” and “Leadership as Service for the Greater Good,” etc. At the end of the two week’s learning, participants will have a chance to visit United Nations and celebrate the International Day of Peace with other international youth leaders from the countries throughout the world. After the two-week program, participants will regularly to share the project implementation progress with their project partners in counterpart country through internet. They will have a chance to make a project presentation via international tele-conference in the late summer 2013.