Date:     December 8 (Thu) & 9 (Fri), 2011 (a full-day program available on both days)

Time:     8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Venue:  Vancouver Technical Secondary School, 2600 East Broadway

Sponsor: 

       

 

Organizer:

                B.C. ALPHA

(Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia) 

 

 

 

Host:      Social Studies Department, Vancouver Technical Secondary School

                      

 

International Human Rights Day (December 10th) marks the anniversary of the UN Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major preoccupation for the United Nations since 1945, when the Organization's founding nations resolved that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur. This International Human Rights Day Student Symposium (IHRDSS) has been organized to help students better understand and reflect on issues of human rights violations during the Asia-Pacific War (1931- 1945) and to make connections to present day local and global issues.  The HRDSS held in the last 2 years have been resoundingly successful with encouraging feedbacks from participating teachers and students. Please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgUH-OAPoh8.

 

Participation in this student symposium is FREE.  If you are a teacher of Grade 11 - 12 Social Studies subjects in the Lower Mainland, you are invited to bring your class to this engaging and inspiring learning opportunity.  Please register for your students ASAP as spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first serve basis.  You will receive confirmation upon registration.

 

Attending teachers will receive a complimentary set of related teaching resources including resource materials approved by the BC Ministry of Education. 

 

* BC ALPHA was the invited partner of the BC Ministry of Education in the development of the teacher’s guide, Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship” published in 2001 for senior Social Studies curriculum. 

 

SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES:

  • Promote students’ awareness and understanding of the International Human Rights Day on December 10 which marks the anniversary of the UN Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  • Provide significant learning opportunities for senior students on issues of human rights violations, with special reference to violations before and during the era of WWII in Asia.  
  • Foster students’ compassion and empathy for the victims and survivors of wartime human rights violations, particularly of women and children
  • Develop students’ appreciation of the victims’ spirit of perseverance, hope and justice in their painful healing process of reconciliation and peace.
  • The symposium will provide Social Studies teachers with concrete, supplementary, non-Eurocentric resources to support their existing curricula.  These resources will also support teachers who intend to use or have been using the teacher guide, Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenshipdeveloped and published by the BC Ministry of Education in 2001.

 

For enquiries, please feel free to contact:-

Thekla Lit, M.A.
President of B.C. ALPHA (A
ssociation for

Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia

#1107 - 805 W. Broadway,
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1K1

Tel: 604-313-6000
Fax: 604-439-7738

office@alpha-canada.org

 

Dale R. Martelli, M.A.
Social Studies Department Head

History & Philosophy Teacher

Vancouver Technical Secondary School
2600 East Broadway,
Vancouver, BC, V5M 1Y5

Tel: 604-713-8215
dmartelli@vsb.bc.ca