Bob Stewart, a visionary and one of the founding directors incorporated the Canadian Centre for Teaching Peace as a non-profit organization on September 23, 1997. His own personal family experience with the schooling of his three children (now all adults) led him on a personal quest; advocating and working towards a school peace education program. Through his own personal experience, Bob Stewart realized the importance of peace education at an early onset. The purpose of CCTP is to bring together all peoples of the world in the promotion of lasting peace through "thinking globally and acting locally", building peace in the community, strategic action planning, networking, and information sharing by various means including our annual conferences on peace education. Bob Stewart’s continuous efforts led to the development of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program in November of 2004.
Schools record higher rates of violence and bullying and higher numbers of children with attitude or behavioural disorders. In response, there are a large number of initiatives that have been developed across the country to address Character Education and Social Justice. These initiatives are often fragmented and differ from school board to school board. What the School Peace Program adds to these initiatives is an all-encompassing framework to pull together the various existing programs, offer both leadership and a foundation for new ones and provide a hub of information for teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, school boards, parents, community members and government officials.
The efforts of the School Peace Program are partnered with like-minded individuals, universities, ministers of education and policymakers to ensure that peace education is mainstreamed throughout the system. It is a goal of the School Peace Program to start a new chapter of peace education in Canada.