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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 3, November/December 2007

Yours for the asking

Resources and study tour 2008

Most Canadians are unaware of the history of WWII in Asia. Japanese militarism and aggression in China, Korea, and beyond were responsible for less widely known wartime atrocities including the deaths of up to 300,000 in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

BC Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (BC ALPHA) works with people who pursue peace and justice to preserve the truthfulness of the historical records of WWII in Asia.

In 2001, a resource guide was developed for teachers: Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931–1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship.

BC ALPHA has been conducting subsidized Peace and Reconciliation Study Tours for BC educators since 2004, http://www.alpha-canada.org/.

On the 5th Study Tour, from June 28 to July 11, 2008, teacher participants will meet survivors and historians as well as visit museums and other sites in and around Shanghai (China), Nanjing (China), Harbin (China,) and Seoul (Korea). BC ALPHA, covers all ground costs inside China and Korea; teachers take care of their own international travel costs between Canada and Asia. The deadline for application is March 1, 2008.

BC ALPHA can also help arrange speakers, survivors, and eyewitnesses for classroom visits. ALPHA also loans reference and video materials to teachers. For more details, visit Canada ALPHA http://tinyurl.com/25h8vq.

UBC Museum of Anthropology

The museum offers many educational programs ideal for Grades K–12, Tuesday to Friday, September through June. Programs are open to school, community, and special interest groups. The 75-minute programs are interactive and conducted by trained museum volunteer associates.

The cost of $5 a student (or $8 when two programs are booked for the same day) includes a program packqage with pre- and post-visit support material. Outreach teaching kits are also available for loan.

To book: e-mail bookings@moa.ubc.ca, 604-822-5653, web site www.moa.ubc.ca.

Cycling training for the school community

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition offers workshops on bicycle skills and commuter confidence for educators. The workshop is for teachers and school staff who have considered cycling to school but currently lack the confidence or skills to commute by bike.

This two-day workshop will improve personal cycling skills with classroom and onroad opportunities about how to ride confidently in traffic, check the safety of your bike, ride at night and in the rain, as well as plan the best route. The workshop will also present activities to integrate cycling, bike smarts, and active transportation ideas into the school community and classroom curriculum.

To book a workshop, ask your PD co-ordinator to contact Cara Fisher or Arthur Orsini, ctsc@vacc.bc.ca or phone 604-319-2102.

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