Current Initiatives

Rotary Adventure in Human Rights (RAHR)

Rotary Adventure in Human Rights (RAHR)

Rotary Adventure in Human Rights (RAHR) 2020/2021

The Rotary Adventure in Human Rights program (RAHR) is a collaborative effort of Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). 

We have now completed five years of RAHR programing. By all reports, the program has been an outstanding success. The RAHR program is now an estabished Initiative of World Peace Partners. Each year we have hosted 24 high school aged students for a one week immersion program in Human Rights. 

The COVID 19 Pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 program. We plan to book the 2021 dates for August 15th to the 20th and will finalize by January 2021.  

Why students should attend?

The mandate and goal of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to explore human rights issues within the CMHR. Although the majority of the program will be held at the museum, there will be visits to various non-governmental organizations and other Winnipeg locations in order to see positive action in progress, in the area of human rights. At the end of the program, RAHR students will have an opportunity to design an action plan that they could implement within their schools. They will also network with other students and agencies, thus increasing their human rights network. 

What will be the themes discussed at the CMHR?

The CMHR staff will be focusing on: What are Human Rights; First Peoples Rights in a changing Canada; Gender Perspectives; Democratic Rights; and, Protecting Rights in Canada. 

What other supporting activities are being planned?

A full day at the Immigrant and Refugee Centre of Manitoba (IRCOM) will be part of the RAHR program. Students will learn about different cultures and the challenges that newcomers face when coming to Canada. There will be some entertainment incorporated into the program as well. 

What about meals and lodging?

Students will be living in the University of Winnipeg, McFeetors Hall Student Residence under the supervision of Rotary members. It is important that all students stay in residence in order to get the full experience.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to the student other than the transportation cost to and from the lodging place in Winnipeg. A sponsoring Rotary Club will pay the fee for the program. Participants are encouraged to speak on their experience at their sponsoring Rotary Club or a Rotaract Club nearest to their school, whichever is the closer upon completion of the course. 

Who should apply?

We are targeting students who are entering grades 11 and 12 in the fall of 2021. We are looking for students who are passionate about human rights and interested in making a difference in their schools. 

What are the deadline and how do we apply?

Since we have only 24 spots we are encouraging students to apply as soon as possible in 2021 prior to May 15th 2021.

You may request FURTHER INFORMATION from Tamara Larson


Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

The Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR) formerly referred to as AGC (Adventures in Global Citizenship) is a 6-credit university course at The University of Winnipeg Global College. This summer intensive course runs for two weeks in August and explores global issues using the city and province as a living human rights classroom.

Many Rotary Clubs within D5550 donate to World Peace Partners D5550 for the purpose of either sponsoring university students or donating funds to WPP for the learning activities included in Emerging Issues In Human Rights course.

This is a “jumpstart” university course for Grade 12 graduates as well as a second-year credit course in the Human Rights Program at The Global College. This course attracts students who are curious about issues of human rights and democratic citizenship in a globalizing world.  Because of the experiential nature of this course and the community engagement activities, students speak of the transformative impact this course has had on their lives.

The course is currently being updated and revised and Global College plans to offer Emerging Issues again in the Summer of 2020.

Link to Global College Main Website at or the University of Winnipeg General Academic Calendar


UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

This is an international way of having students in schools from two different countries dialoguing with each other.

We have a large number of UNESCO Associated Schools here in Winnipeg and in our Province of Manitoba Canada. One of our Strategic Initiatives with World Peace Partners D5550 is called "UNESCO Associated Schools Network Cross Borders for Peace Project" ("UNESCO Schools Project") 

During a 3 year pilot program 2015-2018 a middle school in Winnipeg connected virtually with a middle school in Cleves Ohio. The 2nd year had a focus on citizenship in USA. The 3rd year the students are learning how one becomes a Citizen in Canada.

A neighbouring Rotary Club in each Country connected wth each school for support. Two American Rotarians funded this pilot project. Each of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO  and the US UNESCO Commission welcomed the launch of this 3 year pilot project between these two middle schools. UNESCO Schools commit to:

Four Pillars of Learning
Learning to know
Learning to do
Learning to be
Learning to live together

Themes of Study
ASPnet and UN priorities
Education for Sustainable Development
Peace and human rights
Intercultural learning

Click link for more information: About the network

The pilot project leaders reflected on what was learned in this pilot and decided to take on the greatest immediate existential threat and risk to humanity as a topic for study and idalogue at a high school level. This led to the Youth Nuclear Peace Summit Oct 9-11, 2019 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Rotary World Peace Partners agreed to utilize the remaining funds for the Youth Nuclear Peace Summit, provided both American and Canadian schools were involved in the summit to provide cross border peace relationships. Focussing on the existential threats and risks of Nuclear Weapons was chosen as the theme of the Summit. Canadian Commission for Unesco allowed this to happen but did not sponsor it. Unesco schools and other schools participated because of their interest in the topic.

This Summit led to the outcomes described on the website link below.
To learn more:  YouthNuclearPeaceSummit.Org

Peace Days 365 including Festival of Peace and Compassion

Peace Days 365 including Festival of Peace and Compassion

Peace Days was inspired by Rotary World Peace Partners in 2010. Peace Days grew out of a desire to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace, designated as September 21st each year. Click here for 2018 pdf calendar

In 2010, Winnipeg celebrated with a Concert for Peace, where music was the medium to communicate the importance of working toward a more peaceful and compassionate society.

Peace Days evolved, and in 2015 became a two week-long festival with community events spanning from September 11 through to the International Day of Peace on September 21. Peace Days has further expanded into additional events year round called Peace Days 365.

View to see all the events associated with the two week festival and Peace Days 365

Rotary International Centers for Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Rotary International Centers for Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.


Rotary World Peace Partners ("WPP") works supportively with Rotary Peace Fellows locally, regionally and internationally. Local Rotary Peace Fellows are key volunteers in WPP programs. Rotarians in District 5550 are encouraged by WPP to recruit candidates to apply to become Rotary Peace Fellows. 

Click the link for more information:

Rotary Peace Centers program 

Click the link for a Rotay Peace Fellow's story:

Abdikheir “Abdi” Ahmed, a 2011-12 Rotary Peace Fellow