Students, parents, teachers, civic leaders, government officials, and tourists! Club Rotario (Rotary) of Zihuatanejo invites you to come and participate in the 5th annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico on February 2-8, 2015. The celebration will include the Zihuatanejo Sailfest, an International Youth Peace Conference, our annual Peace Walk, and a Cultural Dance Festival – all for the benefit of schools and student scholarships. The theme of the celebration is the Right of Peoples to Peace.
Since 2010, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has worked to establish a sustainable peacebuilding process for its students. “If we want to sustain peace, we must teach peace to our children and demonstrate it through the actions in our daily lives,” says Gerarda Gonzalez, president of Club Rotario (Rotary) of Zihuatanejo.
Each year, the community organizes a peace education program that starts on September 21, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, and concludes the following February with a grand celebration. The celebration for 2015 will be bigger and better than ever!
Club Rotario (Rotary) of Zihuatanejo Invites You to the
Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – February 2-8, 2015
Sponsored by: Por Los Niños Education Charity
The celebration begins with the Zihuatanejo SailFest – a six-day festival that combines fun, games, and beach activities to raise funds for the education of Zihuatanejo’s poorest children. Sailboats come from as far away as Alaska and the Caribbean to participate in what is becoming one of Mexico’s premier sailing events. The event includes sailboat and dingy races, music concerts, kids’ beach day, seminars, chili cook-off, street fairs, regattas, and school tours – all to raise funds for education. During the 2014 event, volunteers raised over $80,000 USD to build schools and to provide scholarships for underprivileged students.
See the video of the 2014 event:
International Youth Peace Conference
During the week of the celebration, high school and university students from around the world will meet with the students of Mexico for an International Youth Peace Conference, using the United Nations theme of the Right of Peoples to Peace. This right can be identified by multiple layers: social peace, political peace, spiritual peace, economic peace, family peace and so much more.
Students! What is your vision of peace? How can you contribute to that vision? Come and share your artwork, photos, poems and ideas about ways to sustain peace in your lives, your schools, your communities, and our planet.
Parents, Teachers and Community Leaders! Come and listen to what our youth have to say! They are our leaders of the future.
If you or your school would like to make a presentation at the International Youth Peace Conference, contact:
In the USA or Canada: Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Mexico: Profesora Donaji Mendez Tello, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Unidad de Turismo Zihuatanejo, mailto:email@example.com or call, (755) 557-4178.
Peace Walk and Cultural Dance Festival
Coordinated by: Instituto Municipal de la Cultura
The Celebration of Peace concludes on Sunday, February 8, 2015, with a Peace Walk along the beachfront and a cultural dance festival. Dancers from throughout the state of Guerrero will perform traditional cultural dances reflecting the diversity of Mexico.
Cultural dance troops, fraternities, sororities, and ballerinas! Come and dance for peace!
If your group would like to perform in this international event, contact: Patricia Ann Talley, Club Rotario (Rotary) Zihuatanejo, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area, see: