By Kathy Millington, WCI Executive Director
The World Citizen board members, educators and students offer thanks to the donors for the opportunities made possible through your generosity. The mission of World Citizen is to empower the education community to promote a just and peaceful world. The activities and opportunities offered by World Citizen assist in making this a reality. Thank you for your support and commitment to our mission and programs.
The Peace Education program continues to expand participation in workshops and promote healthy communication and positive problem solving skills by working with educators and students. In many cases, children and adults working together share these skills throughout entire communities. In another venue, the Nobel Peace Prize Festival gives students a chance to learn about the incredible accomplishments of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and to share their own excitement for peace in our world. See page 3 for an article on this year’s upcoming festival. Finally, the International Peace Site program continues to add Peace Sites around the nation; many of these are inspired by the work and motivation of children. Please note the recognition of a Tacoma, Washington Peace Site below as an example of youth energy for peace.
Some thoughts and words shared by P.M. Forni in his book, Choosing Civility, remind us what is needed to promote a just and peaceful world for all. He writes the following advice: “A crucial measure of our success in life is the way we treat one another every day of our lives. When we lessen the burden of living for those around us we are doing well; when we add to the misery of the world we are not. Life is what our relationships make it. To learn how to be happy we must learn how to live well with others.” The World Citizen programs continue to work with the education community to promote a respectful life among children and adults around the world.
All three World Citizen programs are made possible by your continued support. Thank you for keeping our mission alive. We look forward to a wonderful 2009!