ARTICLE 26 Amnesty International USA Human Rights Education Program December 2003 - - - - - - - - - - - - In this issue: - Opening Letter - Think Peace - AIUSA Human Rights Priority Setting - NYC Work - More Dear Educator Activists, The field of human rights is dynamic. As we have seen over the years, evolving from the UDHR, newer areas, such as environmental, indigenous, and developmental rights have become part of the common vocabulary in the human rights world. Within the field of human right education, progress is also apparent. The featured lesson plans in this edition highlight that growth in a couple of ways. First, they were done by students in the school of education at SUNY, College at Oneonta, which demonstrates how human rights education is now beginning to play a role in future teachers' preparation. Second, these lessons were developed for implementation in an interdisciplinary environment, where human rights serves as the link across the curriculum - no longer are "human rights lessons" only applicable to social studies classes - they can be perfectly integrated into health studies, language, mathematics, science, art, etc. Look for more lesson plans soon on our website! We are also happy to offer a story that was an outcome of our first national HRE Summit, held this past July, and covered in the National Council for the Social Studies magazine, Social Studies and the Young Learner, here reprinted in its original full length. Progress, justice, equality- in education and through education. The time is right! With your involvement, tomorrow can happen today. Nick Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - THINK PEACE In an article that was published by Social Studies Young Learner Mary Lee Webeck, Margit McGuire, Blythe Hintz, Margaret Smith Crocco, and Cynthia A. Tyson, all participants in the first national HRE Summit held this past summer in New York City, discuss the No Child Left Behind legislation, as well as the role of human rights education in schools today. Read more: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7650 - - - - - - - - - - - - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA - NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIORITY SETTING AIUSA is currently at the consultation stage of setting priorities for its next 2-year workplan, which covers the period running from October 2004 through September 2006. National priorities are human rights areas in which AIUSA will concentrate action and resources to make a direct impact over a given two-year cycle. Make your voice heard! Learn more: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7653 (The following links require a password for the Members section of this website. AI members can apply for a password by filling out this form: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7654) - - - - - - - - - - - - NYC WORK The HRE program, along with other team members, is in the planning phase of establishing a human rights school! As part of the New Visions for Public Schools initiative, the HRE program is aiming at starting a public high school in Brooklyn, NY, tentatively titled "The Academy for Human Rights and Community Leadership". Working in partnership with educators, parents and community leaders, our academy will welcome children of all achievement levels and backgrounds. We are looking forward to the chance of fostering an environment where students can learn about and through human rights, which will be encouraged in holistically, in school culture and throughout the curriculum. If all goes according to plan, we will be opening our school to 9th graders come September! Find out more about New Visions for Public Schools: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7658 - - - - - - - - - - - - CRISIS IN DRC Over three million civilians have died and a vast humanitarian catastrophe has erupted during the last five years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than eight countries have been involved in the conflict, many responsible for transfers of arms to armed opposition groups that have resulted in gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The situation is particularly dire in the Northeastern district of Ituri, with an estimated 50,000 dead and 500,000 people displaced. Ituri is an area of considerable natural wealth, with potentially rich farming lands, deposits of gold, diamonds and coltan, and the competition for control of these resources by combatant forces has been a major factor in the prolongation of the crisis. Equally hard hit by these years of violence are North and South Kivu provinces, where the extraction of resources and trade for arms continue to fuel the conflict. Learn more and take action: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7656 - - - - - - - - - - - - LESSON PLANS -- Discrimination and Sports History -- Discrimination and Literature - Langston Hughes http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=7657 ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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