Rotary Clubs Promote Peace During World Understanding Month
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Rotary Clubs Promote Peace During World Understanding Month

The Rotary Club began World Understanding Month in February as a way to promote peace and international understanding between cultures. World Understanding Month may be the first step for peace that we can all take.

The Rotary Club began World Understanding Month in February as a way to promote peace and international understanding between cultures and countries. Rotary Clubs around the globe are asked to plan programs for meetings that will help foster this understanding.

Ideas for the programs may include speakers from other countries or organizing panel discussions with international scholars or exchange students from different countries. It can also be a day for a special project to connect youth of different cultures for a day of service.

So, what does this mean for those of us who aren’t Rotary Club members? Can we still recognize World Understanding Month in February? The answer is yes. The theme for this month is one that we should all work toward every day.

Here are some ideas for you to recognize World Understanding Month in your life.

Organize an international day at work.

Put a note on the bulletin board or send a message by email telling co-workers what you would like to organize. Ask if there are any international co-workers who might be interested in helping.

Some possible activities for World Understanding Month in your office are:

  • Host an international lunch. Everyone in the office can bring in their favorite international dish. It might be one from their own culture or from a culture they like.
  • Ask your local Rotary Club for information about World Understanding Day. They may have brochures or information for a display.
  • Put international flags up on the company bulletin board. Add a fact sheet from each country.
  • Invite international coworkers to talk for a few minutes about their country over lunch.
  • Play a CD of music that represents other countries instead of a radio station.

World Understanding Month can be celebrated in the classroom too:

  • Have groups of students study about specific countries and present a report to the class.
  • Have the students write an essay about world peace.
  • Host an international luncheon for students. (See above.)
  • Teacher can ask student parents to talk with the kids about their background.
  • Have students color flags that represent other countries.
  • Create a bulletin board with a colorful display.
  • Have the students write an essay about World Understanding Month in February.
  • Invite a speaker from the Rotary Club to speak to the class.
  • High school students may enjoy a visit from an international group on a university campus. This may also help the college student with class credit or volunteer hours.

Faith based community.

Churches and other groups can celebrate Rotary Club World Understanding Month in many of the same ways that are listed above. Church groups may want to consider taking the beginning steps of planning a mission trip or ask a missionary to speak during worship.

There are many ways to recognize Rotary Club World Understanding Month. Please leave other ideas in the comments field below.

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I emailed the link to this article to several friends who teach at the local high school. I know that they will be interested in the information you have provided Gayle.

great article

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