RECENT WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS
Over 5000 adults and youth from 136 countries met in Salt Lake City from August 26-28, 2019 to address issues and develop action targets related to Sustainable Development Goal #11: Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities, with particular emphasis on how climate change is already and will increasingly impact all communities.
In this young democracy, there is heightened awareness of the need to teach youth the skills they will need to be empowered, informed citizens. Teachers and students participated in a week of workshops in Tbilisi, Georgia that combined the study of key human rights documents and Sustainable Development Goals, with pedagogical strategies (for teachers) and practical exercises, including modeling informed action plans around the theme: understanding and protecting the rights of people living with disabilities.
Over 100 area high school students studies human rights documents and then, in consultation with local experts, formed fact-based opinions about addictive substances and addiction in our community. They developed outreach projects and presented these at an invited briefing at the United Nations, which was attended by over 200 UN policy and global health experts.
Prof. John Weiss of the Department of History at Cornell University invited me to co-teach History 2163, engaging students in discussions of UN declarations that promote and guarantee human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Support for this was provided by...
Organized by the Cornell International Studies Summer Institute, this two-day workshop held at Syracuse University provided 30 New York teachers with information and resources about disruptions and challenges faced by refugees, both globally and in Central NY. Participants were provided models for developing informed action projects, then provided individual guidance to help them design programs applicable to their classrooms and communities.
Students from Trumansburg High School focused on Sustainable Development Goal #12: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, researching local and global aspects in consultation with Cornell students (seated) and other experts, and presented their project proposals at the annual Student Leadership Conference held at the United Nations in February.
Four Trumansburg High School students asked to research issues related to domestic abuse, exploring how stigmatizing victims often leads to their isolation and helplessness. In addition to presenting at the UN and Cornell Law School, they engaged in an hour-long live interview on Ute Ritz-Deutch’s Human Rights and Social Justice radio program on WRFI.
Teachers from the Republic of Georgia participated in a week of workshops designed to help them introduce Human Rights concepts into their curricula. They were accompanied by students, who were introduced to key Human Rights documents and practiced strategies for becoming active, informed citizens in their classrooms and communities. The event was organized by Global Education Motivators, and held in Philadelphia.