Global exchange brings 44 children from many nations

CAMPBELL — All they are saying is “give peace a chance.”

For nearly a month, 44 11-year-old children from 11 counties have lived together and participated in activities to help foster world peace.

Since June 27, the children have called a few classrooms at the St. Joseph the Provider School their home. During that time, they’ve shared their life experiences and learned about how the others live.

The 44 children, as well as 11 adult supervisors from the counties, are participating in “The Peacing It Together Village” program organized by the Children’s International Summer Villages, a volunteer-based educational organization.

The goal is to come to a better understanding of one another through educational, cultural and sporting activities that will ultimately build lasting friendships, said Dave Armstrong, the Youngstown-area village director.

Global goals

The program emphasizes global cooperation, he said.

“They learn to understand and appreciate different cultures,” said Armstrong, a retired Warren school teacher. “They live together and cooperate with each other.”

The expectation is that the program will encourage its participants, even though they are only 11 years old, to work toward global peace, Armstrong said.

“It’s hopeful that in the village you’ll meet a future president, ambassador, leader or world citizen that can make a change in the world in which we live in,” he said.

The program began nationally 56 years ago and has been held in the Mahoning Valley for the past 45 years.

“The village becomes a mini-world with many cultures,” Armstrong said.

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