UHRC To Host Genocide Education Workshop Thursday

GLENDALE, CA–The United Human Rights Council on Thursday, January 28, will host a Genocide Education Workshop with the Armenian Youth Federation and the ARF Shant Student Association focusing on effective methods for implementing Armenian Genocide education in public schools.

The workshop will be conducted by Sara Cohan, the Educational Director of the San Francisco-based Genocide Education Project. It will be held at Sardarabad Bookstore at 1111 South Glendale Avenue in Glendale, CA and will begin at 7:15pm.

“This is a great opportunity for students and activists to learn effective ways to educate others about genocide at their local campuses,” said UHRC Chairperson Sanan Shirinian. “There is no better place to teach about the horrors of genocide than on campus, where you have an educated, captivated and motivated audience ready to absorb truth and take action.”

Cohan will be discussing the implementation of Armenian Genocide education in public schools and will give a brief overview of trends in genocide education, highlighting the strides made in implementing the history of the Armenian Genocide into secondary level curricula as well as hurdles still left to overcome.  She will also explore ways to be more involved in promoting the history of the Armenian Genocide in U.S. schools.

The Genocide Education Project is a non-profit organization assisting educators in teaching about human rights and genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops.

“What the Project does is that we create materials and resources for teachers to use in the classroom to teach about the Armenian Genocide and other human rights violations. And we also create seminars and provide individual support and information for teachers,” Cohan said.

“We have a variety of materials that tap into different types of learning styles and abilities, and we have a curriculum that’s available online for free,” Cohan said, adding that the organization’s curriculum has a series of lesson plans based on a one-day, two-day, or ten-day programs that include studying maps, hearing survivor testimony, a mock trial, and various other interactive components.

She said the workshop will be looking at different ways to bring genocide education into schools and how kids on campuses can participate in the project. In addition to introducing workshop attendees to the organization’s tools and methods, the workshop will also serve as a forum for discussion about individual school cases and current and foreseeable community projects.

The United Human Rights Council is a committee of the Armenian Youth Federation. By means of action on a grassroots level, it works toward correcting and exposing the human rights violations of governments that distort, deny, and delude history to disguise past and present genocides, massacres, and human rights violations. For more information about the activities and mission of the UHRC, contact uhrc@ayfwest.org

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