To continue supporting the role of children from Mexico, Philadelphia and the Middle East as 'conditions for peace' through the 'Journeys for Peace' after-school workshops.
Journeys for Peace was established in January 2003, as a program at the Peres Children Foundation for Peace. In this program, selected fifth and sixth graders from public and private schools, in Mexico, Philadelphia and the Middle East learn to appreciate diversity. Sharing a mini-parliament, each of the children chooses to represent a different 'condition for peace', a choice which guides them throughout the program and culminates with a guest visit by a peace leader. Since the inauguration of the center, different peace leaders have attended the program and been interviewed by the children: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Mench?, former President Mikhail Gobarchev, former President Lech Walesa, former President Frederick de Klerk, Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan, The Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, President Vicente Fox, and others. To date, the program has received extensive media coverage and acknowledgement by many universities.
The activities at the Peres Children Foundation for Peace address the need to awaken in the minds of children the various conditions for peace, which are also applicable to any facet of life. Children at the Foundation enjoy such activities as puppets, art workshops, theater productions, and children's choirs. The mini-parliaments, one of the Foundation's signature activities, often spark debate about such issues as tolerance and non-violence, pacific coexistence and diversity, the value and influence of the spoken word, the rights and responsibilities of children, the responsibilities of the media, and the consequences of ignorance. The mini-parliament is supported by young volunteers that prepare and moderate the different debates.