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Pennies for Peace, a service-learning program of Central Asia Institute.

Pennies for Peace® brings cultural and philanthropic education to students and educators all over the world. We are delighted that you and your students are joining in your own Pennies for Peace campaign to bring cultural and philanthropic education to your school. People around the world share your vision and dedication to empower communities in remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan through education. Whether you are a home school educator, Montessori instructor, private or public school teacher, Pennies for Peace offers a way to engage your students in meaningful service learning in a fun way!

Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world—one child at a time.

We have seen the positive impact of education on children on both sides of the Pennies for Peace bridge. In the villages of Central Asia, an education provides the opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty, violence, and war.  At the same time, as students in our country participate in Pennies for Peace, they broaden their cultural horizons and come to understand their own capacity as philanthropists.

They learn valuable skills such as critical thinking and collaboration—working together to become members of a global community dedicated to peace.

We believe that education coupled with compassion can move mountains. We want our students to understand the issues facing the world and to know that they have the capacity to affect change—because the greatest legacy we can give our children is a legacy of lasting peace.

“Many students are familiar with Afghanistan because of the war, but they did not know anything about the geography, food, ceremonies, education, and customs of Afghanistan, the P4P toolkit had all the resources for them to learn.”
“I wanted my students to understand that they could impact other children – especially girls – in a small village halfway around the world just by combining their pennies.”

To get started, register and receive a link to access a k-12 curriculum and toolkit.


Download the toolkit

The toolkit includes:

  • A sample timeline
  • Fact sheets about the countries in which we work
  • Templates
  • Tools

The lessons cover themes such as:

  • Power of education
  • Effects of extreme poverty
  • Cultural understanding
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Humanitarian efforts
  • Our responsibilities as global citizens

Aligned to the U.S. Common Core State Standards 

We encourage you to explore the lesson plans to determine if they might help your students broaden their understanding of these issues and, ultimately, better understand why they are participating in Pennies for Peace.