This week's postings: 1. World Map Project 2. United Nations to Observe First Universal Commemoration in Memory of Holocaust Victims 3. Conflict Transformation Across Cultures 4. Education for Global Citizenship: Professional Development in Nicaragua 5. Study Tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Ellen Frierson Global TeachNet National Peace Corps Association http://www.globalteachnet.org -------------------------------------------- 1. World Map Project Maps of the world, painted on school walls and in playgrounds, in places where people have little access to maps. Not only is it an elegant, low tech way to teach geography and a host of other concrete skills, but on a more profound level, it can help people create a mental framework for thinking about the wider world and their place in it. Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (GBRPCVs), an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association, has successfully partnered with selected Birmingham (AL) public schools on a World Map Painting Project. By bringing the large, colorful maps into the local schools, they hope to spark interest in learning about the wider world. Peace Corps Volunteers have been using "The World Map Project" tool kit for many years to lead their communities in painting world maps in every corner of the globe. This resource is now available to you, too, thanks to GBRPCVs. To find out more about their project - including complete instructions on map painting and how this project can be replicated - visit the NPCA's website at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org, or go straight to the GBRPCV Web site at http://www.dpo.uab.edu/~raangus/gbrpcv/gbrpcv.htm and click on "Instructions on How to Do a Map Painting Project." -------------------------------------------- 2. United Nations to Observe First Universal Commemoration in Memory of Holocaust Victims Posted by request: Live webcast at http://www.un.org/webcast/index.asp The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) will organize the first universal observance of the International day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust at United Nations Headquarters on 27 January from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Organized by the Public Relations Section in the Outreach Division of DPI, the observance will be held under the theme "Remembrance and Beyond". The General Assembly designated 27 January as Holocaust remembrance day since it also is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Mr. Shashi Tharoor, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information will introduce the programme that will feature messages from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President of the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly Jan Eliasson. Statements will also be made by Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and Holocaust survivor Mrs. Gerda Klein. The programme will include the first lecture in a proposed annual series on the theme "Remembrance and Beyond" by Professor Yehuda Bauer, advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and a performance of songs by the Zamir Chorale of Boston from their renowned album, "Hear Our Voices: Songs from the Ghettos and Camps". This first observance will mark a major step in a broader programme of outreach on the Holocaust and the United Nations by DPI, and is designed to encourage remembrance of, and education about, the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide. The commemoration ceremony will be webcast live at http://www.un.org/webcast/index.asp -------------------------------------------- 3. Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Posted by request: The School for International Training is hosting its 10th summer institute in conflict transformation, Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) from May 29 through June 16, 2006. CONTACT offers professional development, skills and practical training to professionals working around the world in diverse fields such as education, human services, humanitarian aid, psychology and social work, human rights, and sustainable development. Some skills addressed are: Conflict analysis and intervention Non-violent action Intercommunal dialogue Peace and development Reconciliation and forgiveness Training design Intercultural negotiation and mediation Grant writing and fundraising CONTACT also offers a one-year part-time 14-credit graduate certificate program. It is designed with two short phases of face-to-face instruction coupled with distance learning in order to accommodate the schedule of full-time working professionals. Registration and Contact Information Applications are available now and are due by April 15 (or as soon as possible if you are applying for financial aid or need a visa). For more about fees, funding, scholarships, and applying to CONTACT, please visit or website http://www.sit.edu/contact or contact us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Please forward this announcement to those who might be interested or benefit. Some scholarship assistance is available. -------------------------------------------- 4. Education for Global Citizenship: Professional Development in Nicaragua Posted by request: The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College is sponsoring a professional development program to take place in Nicaragua. EDUCATION FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP is a professional development seminar that will take place in Nicaragua, June 24-July 2, 2006. This seminar is designed to help educators explore the relationship of education to responsible global citizenship. You will share ideas for internationalizing curricula with colleagues, and examine new strategies for active engagement in issues of global importance. You will learn about study abroad opportunities for your students, as well as how to add an international component to your own courses. There will be numerous field trips where participants can interact with a diverse cross-section of Nicaraguan society. Price: $1,325 until January 30 or $1,425 after that. Price does not include airfare. Application deadline is March 27, 2006. The Center for Global Education is a program of Augsburg College and has its own study center in Nicaragua. It was founded in 1982 to provide cross-cultural educational opportunities in order to foster critical analysis of local and global conditions to that personal and systemic change takes place leading to a more just and sustainable world. The Center is recognized nationally for its work in alternative education, and frequently consults for colleges and universities in the United States for faculty development training and interim programs for students. For more information about this program or other professional development opportunities please visit http://www.augsburg.edu/global/triplist.html -------------------------------------------- 5. Study Tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Posted by request: Sponsored by the Social Studies & Global Education Program of The Ohio State University. June 28 - July 11, 2006 (Optional extension to Machu Picchu, July 11 - 16). To be visited: Quito, Otavalo, San Antonio Ibarra, Cotacachi and Calderon on the mainland. Eight day cruise on the M/V Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands with shore excursions, lectures and snorkeling opportunities. Academic credit available through Ohio State University College of Education. Cost: $4,295, not including roundtrip flight to Quito. Otherwise, virtually all-inclusive. For additional information and an application, contact the study tour leader: M. Eugene Gilliom Professor Emeritus, Social Studies & Global Education The Ohio State University 2495 Haverford Road Columbus, OH 43220 1-614-451-1518 _______________________________________________ Please note: The materials and information included in this listserv are provided as a service to you and do not necessarily reflect endorsement by Global TeachNet or the National Peace Corps Association. We encourage subscribers to pass the information along to colleagues and other interested parties. Please credit this listserv as the source and include subscription information. 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