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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
In 2001, a resource guide was developed for teachers: Human
Rights in the Asia Pacific 19311945: Social Responsibility and
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
UBC Museum of Anthropology
The museum offers many educational programs ideal for Grades
K12, 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
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
To book: e-mail email@example.com,
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
To book a workshop, ask your PD co-ordinator to contact Cara
Fisher or Arthur Orsini, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone