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Educators Forum


Daniel McDonald

IIPT Educators Network

Global Educators Network Report

Members of the IIPT Educators Network, and other interested professionals, came together in an all day Educators Forum. The Forum began with the presentation of papers and related discussions in two morning sessions. Dr. Donald Hawkins of George Washington University facilitated an afternoon workshop. The Forum concluded with a roundtable discussion on future directions for the growth, development and activities of the Network toward the aim of "Educating for a Culture of Peace through Tourism." The following report was presented at the Summits final plenary session.

The Educators Network of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism convened its second chapter meeting in an all day forum on Wednesday, February 5, 2003. The first Network meeting was held in Amman Jordan at the first IIPT Global Summit. The 17 participants of the first educators meeting initiated the Educators Network. Presently, the membership includes 168 educators, representing more than 25 counties from all regions of the globe.

In many of the Summits plenary and concurrent sessions and especially in Fridays round table forum, education was prominently mentioned. Many levels and forms of sustainable tourism education were discussed including:

  • Formal and non formal educational formats Distance learning programs International experiential education Empirical and applied studies
  • Elementary through high school study curriculums
  • University and vocational education
  • Private and NGO sector initiatives
  • Grass roots and community based programs

It is obvious that sustainable tourism education, at all levels, utilizing all delivery systems, is imperative to the future growth and development of the sustainable tourism sector.

Some of the topics presented and discussed in the two morning sessions included:

  • Weaving a culture of peace
  • International peace parks
  • Rural tourism in Europe's countryside
  • Responsible and sustainable tourism - Belgrade
  • Promoting peace through tourism
  • How can travel be used to enhance learning and break preconceptions and stereotypes presented in the media?
  • The need for adult and continuing education for sustainable tourism development.
  • The need for data banks for internships, service learning opportunities, and student faculty exchanges etc.
  • Publications for various regions of the world concerning ethical travel.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Donald Hawkins, the Eisenhower Professor at George Washington University, presented information concerning an international development assistance project, which will partner with the IIPT. This enterprise will be one of the flagship projects resulting from the IIPT Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism. This endeavor is an excellent opportunity for meaningful involvement by members of the IIPT Educators Network and George Washington University. Additionally, information concerning a recent development of the International Labor Organization, UNIVERSITAS, was presented. This project is defining a role for it's 25 university members, mostly in developing countries, to provide education and capacity building in support of community development and the creation of jobs with dignity.

The Forum concluded by identifying objectives to be pursued by the Educators Network in the new millennium. These included:

  • Develop guidelines for the conduct of study abroad experiential learning activities across disciplines.
  • Create a database for study abroad opportunities for education and research - particularly linking developed with developing county universities and organizations - possibly related to Universitas program of ILO.
  • Encourage universities to use electronic networks and distance learning resources to share educational resources and stimulate transnational cooperation.
  • Develop a clearing house for educational resources for curriculum development in CD ROM and web accessible formats for college and university tourism curriculum uses including sample curricular programs, IIPT selected papers, peace education selected papers, learning exercises and useful web links.
  • Responsible travel and cultural information resources to prepare travelers in advance of their trip and to prepare local business and citizens to be culturally aware hosts.
  • List opportunities for student faculty exchanges on the IIPT web site.
  • Encourage IIPT Educator Network members to submit proposals describing the IIPT at their professional conferences.
  • Include the papers and conclusions from the Geneva Summit on the IIPT web site and CD ROM format.
  • Develop an "adopt a county" program with IIPT partner universities
  • The IIPT Educators Network initiate efforts to obtain needed funding or resources to implement the highest priority actions.

In conclusion, as the IIPTs Agenda for the 21st Century is implemented, the Educators Network will be a critical link in their success.

Presenter - Dan McDonald
Recorder - Don Hawkins

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