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Benefits of International School Peace Gardens (ISPG) Program

International School Peace Gardens (ISPG) is an exciting and innovative Canadian Educational Program that invites every young person, in every school in the world to become involved in creating a better future for the planet. Schools are invited to plan, plant, and dedicate a peace tree, garden, or park. ISPG supports existing school curriculum in peace education, conflict resolution, environmental studies, inter-cultural understanding, and the arts. We encourage the school community to use their peace garden as often and diversely as possible.

International School Peace Gardens has been:

  • Awarded YMCA Canada Peace Medal (1998)
  • Nominated for the Hague Appeal for Peace Prize (2001)
  • Official ECOSOC Special Status at the UN. Awarded: 1/1000 Peace Women Across the Globe for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005

ISPG has many educational and social benefits to those involved. Children, teachers, and schools as a whole learn invaluable skills and life lessons from creating and utilizing their Peace Garden. Among other benefits, the ISPG program has helped healing in schools by reducing bullying, vandalism and violence.

Benefits to Children:

  • Teaches cooperation, friendship and support
  • Offers solutions to bullying and other life problems
  • Encourages participation in a positive and nurturing activity
  • Encourages greater awareness and tolerance
  • Encourages physical and spiritual involvement
  • Skills development in presentation and fund raising
  • Offers a connection to students around the world involved in this program to create relationships and understanding of different cultures
  • Encourages sharing of ideas
  • Real world application in design, language arts, music, science and art

Benefits to Teachers:

  • Curriculum linkages
  • Peace education training and materials
  • Ideas for education in peace-building, human security and sustainability
  • Connections to other teachers around the world involved in this program

Benefits to Schools:

  • Development of a caring and supportive school culture
  • Stewardship ethic among students and staff
  • Program continuity within school changing principals
  • Community building and an enhanced community image


Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · RR4 · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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