Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are addressing underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, poor access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
 
 
February, which is Rotary’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, doesn’t have to be the only time we think about building Peace in the World. You can build peace and mitigate conflict in your club and its projects by:
  1. Incorporating conflict resolution and mediation into service projects that involve local schools, orphanages, workplaces, and community centers.
  2. Supporting groups that are at risk of violence or persecution by providing relief to those who have fled areas of conflict.
  3. Participating in fellowship and service activities with Rotary clubs in other parts of the world to promote greater international understanding.
  4. Recruiting candidates for a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 100 peace fellowships are offered each year at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world. Applications are available NOW (see below).
  5. Supporting your district’s participation in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, which sends students ages 15 to 19 abroad to live in another culture and build international bridges. While the group for 2020-2021 is basically set, you should begin thinking about the potential students for next year.
  6. Joining your district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange program to experience service, fellowship, or a profession in a different country while making new friends and fostering international awareness.
  7. Starting an Intercountry Committee: a network of clubs or districts in two or more countries that strengthens global goodwill and service. Did you already learn about the Peacebuilder Club program starting to take root in 5080?
 
Below are some resources to help you get started.
 
The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available, and we need your help finding the next cohort of global peace and development leaders. Click on the link to get more information of the programs and to obtain a copy of the application.

As a leader, you play a critical role in promoting the Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates. These resources can help you and others recruit candidates for 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships:
Candidates normally have until 31 May to submit applications to our district. The District has until 1 July to submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation. Remember, our district can endorse an unlimited number of qualified candidates at no cost.

The Rotary Peace Center proudly announced a new Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda — our first peace center in Africa — as well as exciting changes to the professional development certificate program. Learn more about the certificate program and our new peace center.

Send any questions about the fellowship program to rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org. Thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your help educating Rotary members and your community about the fellowships.

Rotary Peace Centers are made possible by the generosity of donors.