Children’s Peace Theatre is a pioneer in teaching our youth the importance of living and practicing the principles of peace in order to create happy and harmonious homes, communities, country and world.
The Honourable Maria Minna, M.P. Beaches-East York (1993-2011)
Engaging and empowering youth through the arts is a creative and effective way to teach the importance of conflict resolution and encourage peace building and I commend the Children’s Peace Theatre for the tremendous work they do for our community.
Former Mayor David Miller
Since 2001, Children’s Peace Theatre has been a forum for children and youth to explore peaceful alternatives to resolving conflict in the world. I’d like to congratulate and thank the staff, volunteers, participants and supporters of the Children’s Peace Theatre for their work in making our community and the world a more peaceful place.
Councillor Janet Davis, Ward 31 Beaches-East York
My name is Fernando Lara, my background is human, my nationality is Mexican. I move to Canada 3 years ago and I've been studying and working in clown-bufon theatre since 2006 working with kids and youth who live in extreme poverty conditions, violent parents, drug addictions, extreme social violence, and bad nutrition and we found out the cure and the medicine for a lot of these kids was the arts, the creativity to express their own history.
Adam Paolozza knew about my work and he told me you have to work in Children's Peace Theatre and know the method they use to teach the kids. I got so impressed not just for what they do, but how they do with not too many resources. The team of Children's Peace Theatre make a very important and significant work, they have essence, they are authentic, they are a bridge to help to change the way this world is going, they use the creativity, the compassion and the courage to make a difference, to think different, to try other ways, other strategies to build the future doing in the present and using the past to get stronger, to humanize through the arts.
They help to build a strong friendship between the kids, to be respectful and helpful with each other. The house of Children's Peace Theatre is a magic place, is a little peace of this beautiful world where very good souls, big hearts, lightful minds and beautiful humans share knowledge and respect, showing the world how to be a model, how to get together and do the right things, with that clear vision to start the change now, with the kids.
The world is following Children's Peace Theatre because kids from all the world are learning Courage, Creativity and Compassion in this invaluable and magical place. They are working locally to make a global change.
Fernando Lara, Director Creativo
They (Children’s Peace Theatre) are building the foundation for a better community and for peace, one young person at a time. We have both been changed by being here. Our lives in this community are complicated and sometimes difficult. Children’s Peace Theatre, this organization and this place have become ours and the experience we have had here will stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Beth, 18 and Hayley, 17
After training in the Youth Leaders Theatre Project in 2009, I was invited to be a youth guide at Peace Camp and then to train to be a youth facilitator for Peace Leaders. I didn’t have a job so it was an amazing opportunity to get to work with professional artists and be seen as a peer. I learned a lot about taking responsibility, about being a role model and how hard it would be to be a teacher every day. It was tough work with so many young kids at Thorncliffe Park [where 95% of the children have English as a second language and CPT worked with 20 classes simultaneously]. Many of them had difficulty cooperating in the beginning, but because they thought we were cool and the games were fun, they did not know they were learning so much. They loved the games and learned a lot about how to work as a team and how to use courage, compassion and creativity to solve some problems on their own. They all wanted my autograph on the last day, that made me feel like a star and that I could be a great role model for young kids and help them from getting in trouble.
Pierre, Youth Facilitator, 2010
Before Children’s Peace Theatre, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. It opened me up creatively, gave me the confidence to speak out, and taught me to be a good leader and collaborator. I used my Peace Camp skills to work with children in Regent Park. Now I have graduated from Ryerson in radio and television arts and am doing an internship at the Rogers Centre.
Naguib, Peace Camp Guide