Children’s International Summer Villages or CISV is an educational organization run almost entirely by volunteers. It is an independent, non-political, not for profit organization and has participatory status with Council of Europe. CISV is also recognized as an NGO in operational relations with UNESCO. It is a youth organization offering intercultural programmes for different age groups, starting from the age of 11. CISV promotes peace education and cross-cultural friendship and its programmes and activities are based on years of research and firm educational principles of:
Diversity: Explores the identity of the individual and asks us to consider ourselves within our own and the wider community.
Human Rights: Considers how Human Rights affect every aspect of our lives and how violations can lie at the root of problems such as poverty, violence and lawlessness.
Conflict and Resolution: Helps us understand how conflicts can arise, deliberately or otherwise, and what can be done to help bring peaceful resolution.
Sustainable Development: Looks for integrated ways to promote economic and social well-being, while protecting the environment through the responsible use of natural resources.
The first CISV delegation from CMS to participate an international camp called a ‘Village,’ was led by Dr Bharti Gandhi to Cincinnati, USA in 1972. Since then, CMS has been regularly sending children’s delegations of 11 year olds to international camps all over the world. Till June 2015, 104 delegations have traveled abroad to these international programmes.
A 4-week long camp (called a ‘Village) is held annually since the last 22 years at the City Montessori School, where twelve delegations comprising four children each of 11 years accompanied by an adult leader, junior counselors and host staff stay and work together under one roof. Through a set of activities, at the core of which lie the educational principles of diversity, human rights, conflict & resolution and sustainable development, participants develop cross-cultural understanding. By encouraging respect for cultural differences and the development of self-awareness, CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world.
CMS, apart from hosting a month long camp every year, also regularly sends its students and leaders to participate in various camps held in all parts of the world.
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