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CISV evolved from a firm conviction that lasting peace is possible if individuals and groups can learn to live together as friends. For ClSV, the key to making this vision a reality was to start working with children and youth. Programs were developed which offered young people opportunities to meet their peers from other countries and to form intercultural friendships. Locally, programs give people the chance to learn about the cultures in their own communities and explore important themes related to peace and understanding.
That individuals will make close friendships around the world, that is, that countries will become known to them in terms of close friends rather than as abstract places on a map, or a stereotype built up from ignorance or limited experience.
That individuals will become aware of basic likenesses of all humans, and at the same time come to know and appreciate differences.
That individuals will develop personalities that are essentially free from barriers, for example, essentially free from the barrier of prejudice.
That individuals will acquire skills of communication with other individuals and with groups, even when many languages are represented and where no common language exists.
That individuals will acquire an active desire for world peace and a desire to work for it.
- Tracie Nicolaou
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