To Whom It May Concern: Alternative Education for Social Engagement (AESE), a non-profit organization initiated by Burmese citizens to build and strengthen civil society in Burma, requests your assistance in putting together a resource center in the Shan state of Burma. For 40 years, Burma (also known as Myanmar) has been ruled by an authoritarian military regime, and during this time, the country has been plagued by corruption, poverty, economic crises, drug abuses, an intensifying AIDS crisis, ethnic repression, and the denial/abuse of fundamental human rights. In developing this resource center for Burmese activists and local community members, AESE hopes to educate, inspire, and empower visitors to the center, thereby establishing a foundation for broader social and political change. (This resource center represents just one project among other social actions initiated by AESE. AESE's other major work is Leadership Training for Transformation.) It is our hope that ALTSEAN will be able to donate the following publication (and any other ALTSEAN publications on Burma): Burma: More Women's Voices. Edited by the Thanakha Team. Altsean-Burma. Bangkok, Thailand: 2000. For your reference, I am attaching a complete list of materials that we are hoping to assemble for the resource center. And more generally, we would appreciate any materials on the following topics: democracy; globalization; post-modern discourse; alternative education (home schooling, community schools); re-evaluation counseling techniques; socially engaged Buddhism; organizational development/management; popular education/adult education; community building; strategic planning; leadership; feminism; nationalism ; inspirational novels; language skills materials; dictionaries; encyclopedias; and biographies/autobiographies of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela. Introductory texts to the fields of political science, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and economics would also be useful. AESE welcomes materials in English and Burmese (if available) and in any format. DVDs and paperbacks, however, are preferable. AESE would like to compile as many resources as possible in the next few months to open the resource center before year's end. We will, however, accept donations on an on-going basis. They can be sent to: AESE P.O. Box 263 Chiang Mai University PO Chiang Mai, 50202 Thailand To contribute to this project, or for more information about the resource center, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you and will follow up by e-mail in the next week. Sincerely, Sai Lang Won Project Coordinator ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **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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