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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:
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:
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:
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
International Institute for Peace Through Tourism