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Inspiring children to create a peaceful world

By Robin Loving Rowland

Did you know that 75 percent of young people in the state of Guanajuato experience violence (Instituto Nacional de la Juventud)? Did you know that 59 percent of women over 15 have experienced violence at the hands of their partners, community or in school in Guanajuato (Observatorio de Violencia Social y de Genero de Guanajuato)? Did you know that teachers in Guanajuato need to learn how to control students without bullying them (Secretary of Public Education in Guanajuato)?

Rotary Club Hosts Children’s World Peace Program
“Inspiring Children to Create a Peaceful World”
Tue, Aug 13, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio & Stirling Dickinson
Extra info: 152-3709

But, there is hope, and it’s homegrown. The Children’s World Peace Organization formed here three years ago, and in three years has begun elementary school programming to enable children to create a more peaceful environment in their schools and communities in Mexico, Nepal, and Kenya – at no cost to participating schools.

As a result, student attendance has increased, students have better listening skills and long-standing conflicts between students have been resolved, according to principals, teachers and paid facilitators. Students report that their family lives have improved, teacher turnover is down and parent participation is up, report students and principals.

“As principal, my job used to be breaking up fights. There hasn’t been a fight

in my school since the Children’s World Peace Organization began with us,” said the principal at Los Ricos.

“Two of my children had dropped out, and the third was not doing her homework. When the Children’s World Peace Organization came to our school, my sons dropped back into school and my daughter began doing her homework without my asking,” said a San Miguel parent.

“A little boy was sitting alone in the playground. I asked what he was doing. ‘I was really angry, but I did my heart coherence exercise, and now I’m simply enjoying a calm moment,’ reported the principal at Los Ricos.

How did they do that? Come to Rotary Tuesday, August 13, at 12:30pm at Hotel Real de Minas at the corner of the Ancha de San Antonio and Stirling Dickinson and find out when founder William Day presents “Inspiring Children to Create a Peaceful World.” “Rotary builds peace and international understanding through education,” says President Lee Carter.


For more information, contact Carter at and click into; and contact Day at and The presentation will be free.

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Children’s World Peace Organization logo
CWPO Founder William Day receives the appreciation of children for his elementary school program.
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