Pennies for Peace
There was a time when the region of Central Asia was virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Then 9/11 happened and suddenly all attention was focused on Afghanistan and the region as a whole.
But before the events related to 9/11 even took place, Greg Mortenson was working in the region and had founded the Central Asia Institute which continues its work of building schools for girls in a part of the world where education for girls has not always been possible.
Yesterday I received a packet from the Central Asia Institute (of Three Cups of Tea fame), which included a beautifully written and photographed report on the institute’s work in Central Asia. But while paging through the material the CAI sent me, another project also caught my eye — Pennies for Peace:
Pennies for Peace educates children about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time.
Our best hope for a peaceful and prosperous world lies in the education of all the world’s children. Through cross-cultural understanding and a solution-oriented approach, Pennies for Peace encourages children, ultimately our future leaders, to be active participants in the creation of global peace.
The Pennies for Peace Web site offers some fantastic resources for teachers interested in participating in the program, including some facts about the areas where the CAI operates. It also lists suggested books for school kids in relation to the program’s mission and a themed curriculum for teachers, among the other materials found in the program’s “toolkit.”
Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the program are encouraged to register on the Pennies for Peace Web site.
Below is a video summarizing the CAI’s work as well as the Pennies for Peace project. [Note: Some of the people interviewed in this clip have inserted their own political philosophies into the video, but what is important is the larger message about the importance of education.]