Drawing on both historical and comtemporary examples, this workshop prepares teachers to engage students to examine both the underlying causes and often horrific effects of civil unrest and armed aggression against persons or groups based on their race, religion, ethnicity, political views, or status, and how mass exodus of populations affects families and also neighboring countries. Emphasis is on groups and countries highlighted in the news, whether in the context of ongoing civil strife, socioeconomic and political upheaval, immigration and refugee issues, or terrorism. A key feature is preparing students for discussions with classroom guests who bring intimate, experiential knowledge of different cultures and global crises. Students are encouraged to ask probing questions, and be open to learning how cultural differences and long-standing ethnic, religious and cultural customs exert profound influences on current behaviors. Previous guests include Denis Okema, a Child Soldier who escaped from Northern Uganda; Ayuen Ajok, a “Lost Boy of Sudan,” and Dr. Kingsley Kabari, who as a pre-teen fled from civil war in Nigeria. They share personal experiences about the effects of war on children, and promote conflict resolution and justice.
GRADE LEVELS: Elementary through High School