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'We must start with the children' - Doris Allen

Dr. Doris AllenDr. Doris Allen

D'Organisatioun gouf 1951 vun der US-amerikanescher Psychologin Doris Allen mam Ziel en Beitrag fir eng konstruktiv Friddenserzéiung vu jonke Leit ze leeschten gegrënnt.

Am selwechten Joer huet den éischten Village mat 50 Kanner aus 9 Länner zu Cincinnati, Ohio stattfonnt. Seid der Grënnung, hunn iwwert 200 000 Kanner a Jugendlecher an méi wéi 7 000 Programmer deelgeholl. 1979 gouf d'Doris Allen op d'Virschlagslëscht fir de Friddensnobelpräis opgeholl.


Following the devastation of World War II, many people were focusing on initiatives to build and maintain peace. One particular idea caught the attention of child psychologist, Dr. Doris Allen. It was a proposal for a UNESCO peace education institute for postgraduates from many disciplines. The idea for Children’s International Summer Villages (today known as CISV International) was conceived by Dr. Allen in 1946. As a specialist in growth and development, Dr. Allen, could not agree that the focus for peace education should be in the field of adult learning. She firmly believed that the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children.


From this conviction came her vision of bringing together children from all over the globe to learn to respect different and common values. In 1951, she realized her dream when delegates from eight countries gathered in Cincinnati, USA for the first Children’s International Summer Village (CISV). Over the decades, the organization grew in numbers, countries and activities. In 1979, Doris Allen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – the recipient that year was Mother Teresa.

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