Posted by Edward Duiven
One of three areas of focus of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation is Peace Building and Conflict Prevention. This week’s speaker, Jerry Leggett, has as his life’s mission Peace Literacy and the Peace Literacy Foundation. Very few if any of our members in attendance had heard of Peace Literacy. Peace Literacy is the next step in the development of our global civilization, because peace literacy is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet. Peace Literacy is now taught to students and educators alike, in the U.S. and internationally. It’s built on the core premise that peace, like math and reading, requires a skill set that needs to be taught in schools. Peace literacy teaches the skills and knowledge needed to live peacefully in the 21st century. Rotary’s involvement in peace can be witnessed in the Rotary Peace Fellows Program, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, and many other initiatives too numerous to mention. It could be said that all Rotary’s programs at home and around the world are focused on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention!