Educational Content

CISV offers a fun and exciting experience, but there is a lot more to us than that. Our international programmes are based on sound educational principles and objectives and our peace education curriculum.

Our purpose is to educate and inspire individuals to become active and contributing members of a peaceful society – active global citizens. We aim to stimulate the life-long development of amicable relationships, effective communication, co-operation and leadership skills.

We use an active, experiential ‘learning by doing’ approach to deliver our peace education, which makes learning fun and memorable.

We are fully committed to our educational goals. As a result, we also take research seriously in order to assess our educational impact.


CISV approach to learning

We deliver our peace education in a way that is age-appropriate, informal and experiential. Experiential learning or ‘learning by doing’ is simply a way of saying learning from direct experience, rather than from reading books or listening to lectures. It is characteristic of all CISV programmes and activities and is fun and effective. Learning by doing, combined with our focus on building friendship, achieves lasting learning outcomes that impact on our participants emotionally and in their everyday lives.

“ I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”  Confucius


CISV peace education

Peace education provides us with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become agents of change, locally and globally. Though peace education, CISV seeks to educate and inspire our participants to become ‘active global citizens’ working towards a more just and peaceful world.

Peace education looks at local and global issues that are relevant to us all, recognising that peace can mean much more than the absence of war. In fact, peace education encourages us to look at a wide range of issues and helps us gain a better understanding of:

  • our own identity within the local and global community
  • basic human rights as well as forms of exploitation and injustice
  • conflicts and how they can be caused, prevented and resolved
  • sustainable solutions for environmental and development issues


In CISV we have four peace education content areas, which are explored in our programmes. Our peace education is delivered in a way that is both age-appropriate and experiential. The content areas are:


Explores the identity of the individual and asks us to consider ourselves within our own and the wider community.

Human Rights

Considers how human rights affect every aspect of our lives and how violations can lie at the root of problems such as poverty, violence and lawlessness.

Conflict and Resolution

Helps us to understand how conflicts can arise deliberately or otherwise and what can be done to help bring a peaceful resolution.

Sustainable Development

Looks for integrated ways to promote economic and social well-being, while protecting the environment through the responsible use of natural resources.

Read more about our peace education content areas in Passport, a handy summary of our approach to peace education.


Building global friendship for peace

Having the opportunity to make friends with people from different backgrounds and life experience plays a vital role within peace education. This is because it encourages us to examine our own attitudes and values, which in turn helps to broaden our perspective of the world. It also helps to raise our self-awareness and our awareness of others.

CISV believes that fostering friendship between people of different nationality, gender, age, race, culture, and class is a key building-block for peace. CISVers worldwide build friendships to learn from each other and take positive steps towards more peaceful and just communities.