Dear Human Rights Educators and Advocates, Only to tell you that I had the privilege and honor to be part of the Chile delegation at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust. I believe that it is redundant to say how inspiring and transcendental this event was for the progress of democracy and for the "never again" vision. All of Europe was recognizing that not very much has been done to be sure of "never again". Xenophobia and Nazi ideologies are back. Many, if not all the leaders of Europe, Canada, the United States and Israel were there. From Latin America only from Argentina, Brasil, Chile and Uruguay. It is interesting to notice that during the panels no section with a vision for Latin America was present. It is important to remember that this continent lived during the 1970s and 1980s instances of human rights violations and institutionalized violence. There exists much accumulated knowledge that can contribute to a deeper understanding of the theme. Latin American social scientists have advanced considerably in their analysis and comprehension of this theme. Given the root of this situation, Latin Americans have developed methodologies and materials that have a tendency to teach human rights and human dignity. I myself have written several books and articles and now at press is a text that I am editing regarding the state of the art in human rights education in Latin America. As an educator and researcher who has worked in the area of human rights education for more than 15 years in Latin America, I think that it is necessary, on the one hand, to undertake historical studies regarding Nazism in Latin America. This study should take into account the period around the World War II, and after it. We mustn't forget that many Latin America countries accepted the Nazi war criminals. There is a movement now to organize a Nazi Congress in Chile. On the other hand, to create a Holocaust portion in educational curricula. Many countries on this continent are undergoing an educational reform that considers the themes of democracy, human rights, and civil conscience as central elements in the new curriculum. As consultant to the Ministry of Education, and a curriculum specialist, I believe that an initiative such as this one would be very well received. I would appreciate very much if you could contribute with me with ideas and places where to apply for resources Let us keep in contact, Con carinos, Abraham Magendzo K. Santiago, Chile ======== Global 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/ To subscribe to the list, send a message to <email@example.com>, with the following text in the message: subscribe hr-education To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the following text in the message: unsubscribe hr-education If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. *Por información en espanol, por favor contactar <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Pour assistance en francais, merci de contacter <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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