International Holistic Tourism Education Centre's Culture of Peace
The following indicates how International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC) is promoting UNESCO's 'Culture of Peace' concepts which well with UNESCO's focus.
Definition of a 'Culture of Peace through Tourism'.
'Culture of Peace through Tourism' programs focuses on peace and
international understanding that fosters awareness among the children of
the world. Students learn to resolve conflicts in their "International
School Peace Garden". They learn through integrated studies and 'peace
through tourism' concepts (Holistic Tourism Education) that by protecting
and enhancing their own resources, they also enhance their tourism heritage
and improve the quality of life for all peoples, for at least seven
generations. They dedicate themselves to protecting their own environment,
social, cultural and environmental impacts, by linking with a knowledge
base which includes local governments, community groups, prior to visiting
other countries environments. 'Culture of Peace through Tourism' programs
encourage students to become peaceful travellers and act a Hosts to their
Guests." Julia Morton-Marr, June 21, 1999.
1. IHTEC implements a "Culture of Peace Through Tourism" in schools through:
a. Friendly Conflict Resolution in their "School Peace Garden."
b. Teaching Values
i. the Friendship Bench
ii. Understanding IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller.
iii. Singing "In the Spirit of Peace" by Guy Stephan.
c. Linking Peace Garden activities to ongoing activities in the community
which promote participation by all. An outcome of this is building civil
society in communities.
d. Co-operation with local government by letting them know what schools
are working on.
e. Encouraging students to ask questions and develop solutions with their
local government, so they can help to protect their community.
f. Understanding the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights and how students
can develop skills for participation in decision-making. If their Province
or Country show by example the reasons for including an Environmental Bill
of Rights for all. The ISPG program was at the launch of the EBR on
February 14, 1999 held at West Humber Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke,
g. Understanding and supporting the roles of the Canadian Commissioner of
the Environment and Sustainable Development and Ontario Environmental
h. Using the UNICEF CD Rom 'My City' to learn how to become a 'Mayor for a
day' so as to develop an integrated approach to decision-making.
i. Combining Derek Paul's 'web of life' and a native perspective of
'Seven Generations' approach for all decision-making and planning
j. Protecting biological diversity and life zone approach to restore
k. Using the peace garden as a tool for curriculum support and development.
l. Encouraging whole school involvement towards excellence, through
equality of shared responsibility and unique contributions, to the
enrichment of the common good.
m. Teaching scientific terms included in 'substance accounting'.
n. Developing a knowledge base on how to protect and sustain basic
resources - Use of the 'Bench of Dreams' and dedication of Millennium
o. Understanding the need for cross-cultural bridging. The program
initiated by the Mexico-Canada Chamber of Commerce of a Greeting Card
exchange by schools involved in the ISPG programs around the world.
p. Using the arts and design in the garden.
q. Focusing locally as the ISPG program is growing globally.
r. Initiating International Communication through a web site, E-mail lists,
s. Networking with other groups such as the International Children's
Peace-full- Environment Foundation in the Year 2000. (later - annual
t. Dedication and Commitment to projects so that they continue when a
principal or key teachers leaves the school.
u. Focusing on 'food security' in the peace garden to improve food security.
v. Encouraging hope for the future through knowledge of a joyful spirit
w. Understanding the history and heritage and role of Peace Parks and
Peace Gardens and the link in Canada to the "Peacekeeping Monument" in
Ottawa. (The International Institute for Peace through Tourism - IIPT held
"Peace Parks Across Canada" during the Canada 125 in 1992)
x. Preserving their World Heritage UNESCO Tourism sites - Parks through 40
hours of community service.
y. Encouraging each nation to develop own focus for their needs as well as
how they can support the rest of the world.
z. IHTEC is a mobile peace school internationally.
IHTEC has focused on some aspects of the UNESCO 'Culture of Peace'
philosophy in preparation for the Year 2000 and the new millennium. It is
important to know that there has been a United Nations Resolution adopted
by the General Assembly who have proclaimed the year 2000 as the
'International Year for a Culture of Peace.' The United Nations have also
proclaimed the Decade of a Culture of Peace and Non-violence against
children for the years 2001-2010.
Julia Morton-Marr, President
International Holistic Tourism Education Centre - IHTEC
Founder of International School Peace Gardens
3343 Masthead Crescent
Mississauga Ontario Canada L5L 1G9
Tel: (905) 820-5067
Fax: (905) 820-6536 (NEW)
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Website: www.ihtec.on.ca (NEW)
Charity #: 88676 0099 RT0001
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