Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, joins the world in congratulating seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls’ right to education. Malala Yousafzai, a devout Muslim, shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, a Hindu child-rights activist from India. The prize, worth about $1.1 million, will be presented in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the award in 1895.
On February 2–8, 2015, Club Rotario (Rotary) of Zihuatanejo will host its fifth annual Celebration of Peace that will be dedicated to this young champion of peace! The celebration will include the Zihuatanejo Sailfest, an International Youth Peace Conference, a teachers’ conference to develop a peace education program in Spanish, 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.
Zihuatanejo SailFest: 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.
International Youth Peace Conference, Thursday, February 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (CST) via Webinar: High school and university students from around the world are invited to join the students of Mexico for an International Youth Peace Conference, using the United Nations theme of the Right of Peoples to Peace. Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders can come to Zihuatanejo or join us via Webinar. Go to the top of this page and “SUBCRIBE” to receive more information.
Students will make presentations using different expressive forms (culture, verbal aikido, dancing, etc.) that support and facilitate peace, whether between individuals or between local and global communities. Presentations will be made by various student groups, followed by questions and discussions.
- UAGro, Zihuatanejo, Mexico: The Diversity of Guerrero
- Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan, USA: Music and Visuals
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France: Verbal Aikido
- MIME Unspeakable Praise Youth Group: Southfield, Michigan, USA
- English Class at Instituto Lizardi, Zihuatanejo: A surprise!
Teachers’ Peace Conference, February 5, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m. (CST) via Webinar: An objective of our peace event is to develop a peace education program—one that teaches values, ethics, and diversity in Spanish—that can be implemented in developing areas where there might be limited access to the Internet and other teaching tools in Mexico and in other parts of Latin America, or in Hispanic communities in the USA and Canada. Educators from around the world are invited to attend or participate via Webinar. Go to the top of this page and “SUBCRIBE” to receive more information.
Several guests from various United Nations non-governmental organizations will join us:
- Liberato “Levi” C. Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society and Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations, New York, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland
- Jillian Abballe, program associate, United Nations & International Affairs, General Board of Church and Society
- Jennifer Kim and Master Kim, The Peace School, Chicago, Illinois, USA—co-chair, UN Peace Education Team
- Jean Trudel, Cercle de Paix, Montreal, Quebec, Canada—UN Peace Education Team
- Kelly Egan, Pathways To Peace, Larkspur, CA, USA—co-chair, UN Communications Peace Team
- Fumi Johns, Executive Director, the World Peace Prayer Society, New York, USA
- Dorothy L. Dean, Esq., President, Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Southfield, Michigan, USA; and Mrs. Barbara Seldon and Mrs. Barbara Talley, Dr. MLK, Jr. Education Committee
- Talia Weltman-Cisneros, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA—co-host for International Youth Conference with our tourism university, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero.
Music concerts, cultural dance festival, Yoga on the beach, Mexican fiesta, and more! It will be a celebration! Peace makes people happy! Join us for an exciting week! Make your hotel reservations now. It will be a sell-out!
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