What is "A Culture of Peace through Tourism",
in the International School Peace Garden program?

 "Valuing The Culture of Peace" Conference, Victoria BC
University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada. August 9 - 12, 2000
Julia Morton-Marr, President, IHTEC

The International School Peace Gardens program invites teachers and
students to consider the following concepts within "A Culture of Peace
through Tourism" for the UN International Year for a Culture of Peace and
Non-violence against the Children of the World. Within UNESCO's focus,
IHTEC has developed strategies and tools that focus on Education,
Environment, Economics; involving peacebuilding, heritage sites; and
developing tools to restore the bio-diversity, enhance cultural bridging,
in an effort to protect the global commons.

Teachers can develop and encourage the  promotion of "A Culture of Peace
through Tourism" in their curriculum and programs through the ISPG program by:

A Knowing the peace building and peacekeeping roles of the United Nations.
B Knowing and understanding the UN Conventions and Agreements:
a. as signed by their country as a member nation of the UN.
b. as part of their responsibility as an individual.


1. Understanding the relationship of humankind's role as peaceful people in
their local life zones, to protect local areas for the continuance of Tourism.
a. Know the diversity of local resources within their environment and it's
eco-systems, and how to preserve, protect and enhance them.
b. Understand what can be done when young people travel to countries
i. Students need to learn what their soil will grow, how to protect their
air and water, in their ISPG before they travel.
ii. Students will then understand that when they visit another country,
they will ask the same questions, so that they protect the other's resources.

2. Developing a pro-active ecosystem protection for a "A Culture of Peace
through Tourism". Here are some ideas that will enhance and repair your
local area first.
a. Protect your district's fresh water.
b. Eat or grow locally chemically free food.
c. Support local eating places that do the same.
d. Achieve this, so you and your visitors will feel safe.

3. Knowing all the main "Peace through Tourism" sites and other Tourism
Destinations in your local region, and how they are working to protect
their town, city or district's environment. This involves:
a. Visiting each site.
b. Map reading.
c. Giving visitors exact directions
d. Knowing the sites significance.
e. Understanding what needs protecting in each site and why.
f. What educational resources they contain.
g. Finding out how they are using solar energy, chemical free maintenance,
conserving water with a "0" pollution policy.

4. Identifying all Peace Gardens and Peace Parks and Peace through Tourism
sites on a district map. (Green Tourism has a map for Toronto)
a. Ask your local government's Tourism and Information Offices if they
have Peace Parks and Garden information on the following:
i. maps
ii. Tourism Literature
iii. Other promotional items.
iv. Draw your own map and give it to your information centre.

5. Participating in the development of an educational young peoples travel
package with fun things to do. This is for young visitors who travel
through your district, and to encourage them to visit "Peace Through
Tourism" sites for their continuing education.

6. Understand the role of being a Host to your Guests.
a. How to involve your guests at home.
b. How do you celebrate "Peace in ourselves" in your home.
c. Have "Peace through Tourism" information at home for your visitors.
d. Write your own "Peace through Tourism" brochure about how your home and
school has reduced power use, used solar power, grown their own food and
reduced water consumption.
e. Develop "Culture of Peace through Tourism" posters to place in your
passageways, halls, and the Tourism Office, that show what you are achieving.
f. Develop a list of foods and drinks you would have on a Peace Table for
g. How you have reduced waste and the need to recycle.
h. Have restful music for your visitor to listen to.
i. How you collected and cleaned rain water.
j. Write and play your own new songs that focus on "Peace through Tourism".
k. Students to showcase their Peace Art and Poetry in a booklet to share
with visitors at home and in the community. Each student to draw their own
cover. This to promote the work of the ISPG program to visitors.

7. Developing knowledge of how Solar Energy by developing a Solar Peace
Garden. The knowledge from this to develop innovations that can be used for
Travel and Transportation.
a. Develop a solar electric car and participate in the "Tour de Sol".
Contact: Riverside School, Lyndonville, Vermont, USA   email: patricemcdona
b. Have a 'Living Rock' with water pump run by a solar panel. Contact
Larry Kearns email:
larry.kearns@st-clair.net for more information.
c. Visit the Virtual Buckminster Fuller website for design concepts that
you can use to invent new solar solutions.
d. Cook using a solar oven to serve your visitors.
e. Use Solar Energy for heating and lighting, to enhance healing, in your
f. Develop an inventory on how you can use solar energy for Tourism sites.

8. Developing cultural understanding in your city:
a. Hold and inter-cultural event in your peace garden.
b. Involve another school in another country in the planning of your
inter-cultural event and share ideas on the internet or with a web-cam. See
the IHTEC website
www.ihtec.on.ca for other ISPG schools.
c. Collect educational peace garden items for a school in Burundi or
Rawanda Contact:

9. Initiating and participating in a First Nations Inter-Faith Ceremony.
a. Develop an inter-faith ceremony to hold in your peace garden.
b. Understand the use of the Peace Pipe and other sacred items.
c. Dance the four colours of the nations of the world.
d. Create your own special dances, music and songs.

10. Visiting your local UNESCO World Heritage sites, National Parks, Border
Parks. Find out why the are special and why they are sacred to all Nations.
a. Developing a balanced method of sharing your own land with others.
Remember that humans are only one of the species.
b. Invent ways of solving conflicts eg: Use a mud patch for a 'tug of
peace'. Continue until both sides have the equal scores.

11. Using the Values of the Happy Host  Be a Devoted Dolphin.
a. Use the friendship bench.
b. Be a dolphin to all you meet.
c. Be happy under all difficulties
d. Be helpful to all who come your way.
e. Protect your environment
f. Develop a solar powered garden.
g. Invent new designs to save the planet.

(For "Corey, The Dolphin Who Survives" by Julia Morton-Marr, email

For more information on the International School Peace Gardens program
Julia Morton-Marr, President,
International Holistic Tourism Education Centre - IHTEC
3343 Masthead Crescent, Mississauga
Ontario, Canada L5L 1G9

Tel: (905) 820-5067
Fax: (905) 820-6536
Website: www.ihtec.on.ca

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