Welcome to Pennies for Peace (P4P), an international service-learning program of Central Asia Institute (CAI) with tens of thousands of participants around the globe. Pennies for Peace gives you the tools to open your world and empower communities through education in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan!

The Pennies for Peace service-learning program includes: a K-12 curriculum, linked to standards with an assessment tool; an implementation guide; fact sheets; printable maps, postcards, stickers & poster components; remarkable videos that open the world of Pennies for Peace; and much more! All of this can be downloaded from our Pennies for Peace Toolkit!

By participating in Pennies for Peace you make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time. While a penny is virtually worthless, in impoverished countries a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy. Join Pennies for Peace and give lasting hope to children half a world away! Register your campaign now!

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Central Asia Institute is excited to announce its Global Chalk Campaign: Advocate to Educate, an interactive social-media project about why education matters.

Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014, CAI will post a photo a day on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr) featuring an advocate and their answer to the simple question: Why should education be a right for every child?

Here in the United States, where most people take education for granted, this is an opportunity to raise our voices together on behalf of those less fortunate. And in a world where 175 million school-age children are illiterate, according to UNESCO, every voice for education raises the volume a little louder.

CAI initiated the project with visits to five classrooms in our hometown, Bozeman, Mont. We discussed the goals of global education and the obstacles facing children in remote and impoverished areas around the world. We asked the students, “Why should education be a right for every child, rather than a privilege?” Then, using a chalkboard as the template, we asked them to write their answers.

The black-and-white photos of those students – along with teachers and CAI’s Bozeman staff – are the starting point for the Global Chalk Campaign.

Now we want to hear from you. Why do you think education should be a right for every child?

Post a picture of yourself with your answer, and tag us (#CAI, #GlobalChalkCampaign, and our relevant social media pages) in the response. And help us spread the word.

To read more about the campaign, click here.