The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) officially opened in April, 1989 as a “Learner Centre”, representing the culmination of more than 5 years of dedication and perseverance by a network of people committed to global education in Peterborough and surrounding areas. Two development education programs (OXFAM & International Development Education Project) redirected CIDA funding to create this downtown Centre. KWIC soon became the ‘hub’ for social and environmental justice work. Despite challenges, such as the Government slashing 100 percent of its funding for Learner Centre’s right across the country in 1995, KWIC attained recognition as a charitable organization, and today, is the last remaining Global Education and Resource Centre in Ontario.
As a charitable umbrella organization, KWIC has inspired ~ and directly supported numerous special projects, for example, Peterborough Green-Up, the Beijing Project, the Summer Environment Camp, the Food Policy Action Coalition, Kawartha Food Share, FLOW: Youth Water Conference, Why Green Isn’t Enough Community Conference, SEEDS for Justice Youth Engagement Project; and ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival and most recently TRACKS Aboriginal Youth Outreach project in collaboration with Trent Indigenous Environmental Science program.