Understanding human rights conditions around the world and knowing how to appropriately and effectively bring human rights issues into the classroom are essential for today's educators. This workshop provides teachers with the knowledge, materials, and methods they need to engage their students.
The UCLA Asia Institute, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA International are pleased to announce a two-day Human Rights Workshop for K-12 teachers. This, our second annual human rights-centered workshop, will be held February 7-8, 2004.
Using Asian Case Studies to Help Teachers Bring Human Rights into their Classrooms
Human rights are a global concern. Among the topics to be explored in the workshop is whether human rights are “universal,?that is do and should all individuals enjoy the same rights, or whether human rights are and should be conditioned by cultural norms and levels of economic development. This debate is an old but still hot one in Asia, where famous leaders such as Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad argue that human rights in their countries must be tempered by “Asian values?while their many opponents argue for adherence to recognized international norms.
One indication of how Asian case studies can permit students can be readily engaged in learning about human rights is their prominence in recent headlines:
Participants in this two-day workshop will explore the global, national, and local dimensions of human rights issues. The workshop will use case studies from Asia to understand how human rights abuses affect immigration patterns and the relations many immigrants and second and third generation Americans have with their ancestral homelands. In addition to enhancing their understanding of contemporary Asian cultures and regimes, of international human rights standards and the human rights work of governmental and non-governmental entities, participants will learn how to share this understanding with their students. Participants will be provided with materials and assistance in developing their own lessons to strengthen content competence and to develop grade and subject-appropriate analytical and communication skills. These teachers will be better equipped to encourage tolerance among their students and to help students appreciate the critical role human rights play in the lives of people here and elsewhere in the world.
Workshop presenters include Geoff Robinson (UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Mark Elinson (Los Angeles Unified School District), Lorna Chiu (Doctors Without Borders), Namju Cho (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), Brad Adams (Human Rights Watch), and Anne Parish and Todd Jennings (Amnesty International).
The $30 registration fee includes parking, refreshments, educational materials and resources. Los Angeles Unified School District teachers who complete all workshop requirements are eligible to receive one salary point credit (specific multi-cultural). The human resources offices of many other Los Angeles County school districts (e.g., Long Beach Unified) accept LAUSD salary credit.
Space in the workshop is limited and preference is given to those whose teaching assignments permit them to draw upon the materials and methods introduced in the workshop.
Additional information is available at the workshop website: http://international.ucla.edu/asia/rights. To register, please contact the Asia Institute's Linda Truong at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 825-0007. The workshop is co-sponsored with the human rights organizations mentioned above. Financial support for the workshop from the National Resource Center grants made by U.S. Department of Education to UCLA International centers.
To learn more about bringing Asia into your curriculum, please visit the Asia in the K-12 Curriculum section of the Asia Institute website. The Outreach section of the UCLA International website has additional information about teacher-oriented programs and resources.
[Thumbnail image is from a UN photo of a East Timorese refugee on her way back to Dili.]
Published: Saturday, January 03, 2004
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