MiyVue.com understands that Peace Corps volunteers from more than 70 countries across the world, will be celebrating the establishment of the Peace Corps movement throughout the year in ways that are unique to them.
The volunteers attached to the Federation chose to do so by hosting event at the Independence Square on 3rd June, 2011, which focused heavily on getting the school children involved in learning about the Peace Core movement while affording them the opportunity to add to its history.
“Because children form such a big part of what makes Peace Corps so successful, we decided to host an event here in the Independence Square and invite schools and also the general population of St. Kitts. So we have all these different activities going on for them where they can learn about the history of the Peace Corps, what current Peace Corps volunteers are doing and to be able to add their own little bit to Peace Corps history by participating in today’s events.
“There are flags of different countries that Peace Corps served in, so they are able to pick a flag and colour it in on their own. They are also making bookmarks out of either quotes about peace or peace in all the various languages of Peace Corps countries throughout the world. Also, there is a banner, a 15 foot by 4 foot banner where people are going to be putting their hands on it and tracing their hand imprint. And on the end of it, it is going to say, ‘Many Hands, One World holding our future’. And that is going to be hung above The Circus,” expressed Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) member, Julie-Ann Talbo.
She said the students were also involved in a number of entertaining activities including performing in a string band and playing American Football and Soccer.
The Peace Corps traces its roots to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
The agency has as its mission the assistance of persons of interested countries in meeting their need for trained individuals, assisting the people served in better understanding Americans and helping Americans better understand the culture etc of other peoples.