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UNESCO Prize for Peace for CMS School Lucknow

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    Dear EdResource Members, Press Release No.2002-37 THE CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL (INDIA) AWARDED THE 2002 UNESCO PRIZE FOR PEACE EDUCATION Paris, June 6 - UNESCO
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      Dear EdResource Members,

      Press Release No.2002-37

      THE CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL (INDIA) AWARDED THE 2002 UNESCO PRIZE FOR
      PEACE
      EDUCATION

      Paris, June 6 - UNESCO Director-General Kochiro Matsuura awarded the
      UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to the City Montessori School
      (India) on June 5 following its recommendation by the prize's
      international jury. Meeting on June 3 and 4 at Organization
      Headquarters, the jury commended the school "in recognition of its
      efforts to promote the universal values of education for peace and
      tolerance and to renew the principles of secularism at a time when
      these values and principles are increasingly being challenged."

      The City Montessori School (CMS), founded in 1959 in Lucknow in the
      state of Uttar Pradesh, is not a school like any other. It is
      distinctive not only for its size -- with 25,000 pupils from
      kindergarten up to high school level, it figures in the Guinness Book
      of Records as the biggest private school in the world -- or the
      quality of its teaching. Its students systematically score higher on
      exams than the national average.

      More than anything it stands out because of it its philosophy: For
      more than 40 years it has educated students to respect the values of
      tolerance and peace and sought to make them citizens of the world.

      The school's founders, Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi, inspired by the
      non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi, founded their school on four
      fundamental principles: universal values, excellence, global
      understanding, and service to the community. Students, for example,
      give literacy classes in neighbouring villages, as well as teaching
      health and hygiene.

      The school aims to give pupils the skills permitting them to face the
      complex problems of the world today, by displaying trust for each
      child, by developing their sense of responsibility, by the
      theoretical and practical teaching of moral values, and by opening
      their eyes to other religions and cultures.

      The recognition given to the importance of the family is one of the
      characteristics of the CMS. The school sensitizes parents by giving
      them books on their educational influence and involving them closely
      in the life of the school. And the teachers benefit from continued
      training in the main principles of the school, as well as in child
      development, psychology and sociology. Each child has a mentor who
      engages in a personal relationship with his or her charge's family.

      Another characteristic of the City Montessori School is the emphasis
      it places on educational research. Its Innovation Wing employs 25
      people who identify and bring in the best educational theories and
      practices from whatever country, sourcing techniques from the
      Montessori method,robotics, tutorial systems or management practices.

      The US$30,000,UNESCO Prize for Peace Education has been awarded since
      1981 to promote initiatives that seek to improve public awareness and
      to mobilize opinion in favour of peace. Funding for the Prize is
      provided though a donation from the Nippon Foundation. In 2001, the
      Prize was given to the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace in Givat Haviva
      in Israel and to Ugandan Bishop Nelson Onono-Onweng. Previous prize-
      winners include: the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina),
      Prayudh Payutto (Thailand), Mother Teresa (India), Rigoberta Mench
      Tum (Guatemala), and Paulo Freire (Brazil).

      The time and venue of the prize-giving ceremony will be decided later.

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      Contact: Monique Perrot-Lanaud, Bureau of Public Information,
      Editorial
      Section, Tel: (+33) (0)1 45 68 45 40, m.perrot@...
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      SOURCE: <http://www.unesco.org/bpi/eng/unescopress/2002/index.shtml>
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