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The 2007 Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour to China

 
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發表發表於: 十二月 星期日 17, 2006 10:00 pm    文章主題: The 2007 Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour to China 引言回覆

Dear ALPHA friends,



The 2007 Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour to China for BC Teachers (July 5 – 16) invites application now. The application deadline is March 1, 2007. I would like to ask for your help as to forward the below information to your teacher acquaintances and encourage them to apply. Thank you and I look forward to your referrals.



Information of the Study Tour is also in P.18 of the first electronic newsletter of BCSSTA as well as in the Pro-D Section of the BCSSTA website www.bcssta.org.

Thekla Lit
President of B.C. ALPHA Co-chair of Canada ALPHA (Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia)
www.alpha-canada.org


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You are invited to apply for the 4th

Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour

to China for B.C. Teachers (July 5 - 16, 2007)



This is an excellent professional development opportunity supported by BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association. The Study Tour facilitates selected teachers to have better understanding of the cultural and historical background of China during the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945) through meeting survivors and historians, as well as visiting museums and historical sites in Shanghai , Zhejiang and Nanjing . The Study Tour organizer, B.C. ALPHA covers all ground costs inside China while teachers basically need only to take care of their own international travel costs between Canada and China . For application details and highlights of the Study Tours in the last three years, go to www.alpha-canada.org/StudyTour or contact Thekla Lit at 604-313-6000 or bcalpha@shaw.ca. Application deadline: March 1, 2007





Some Testimony of Teacher Participants:-



The Study Tour engaged me entirely. Intellectually, I was stimulated by the readings I was introduced to, the passionate experts who shared their practical experience and research, and my colleagues. Emotionally, I was moved by the survivors who shared their stories with indescribable courage and dignity. Physically, I was introduced to places and spaces with so much history it was palpable. It will be impossible to ever look at this era in history the same way again. - Karen Symonds, South Delta Secondary School, 2006 participant

“This study tour has surpassed my expectations in terms of its impact on me. I thought I’d learn about history and I did. But I learned so much more. I learned about the strength of the human spirit, the power of determination, and the grace of forgiveness. There is a serenity to these survivors that moves me deeply. I came here to improve as a teacher and I leave here, instead, improved as a human being. I will bring what I’ve learned to the classroom certainly, but what I’ve learned will also colour all aspects of my life from now on.” - Daniel Royer, Argyle Secondary School, 2005 participant



The ALPHA Study Tour to China is a remarkable opportunity to learn more about what happened in China during World War II. It provides teachers with background knowledge, teaching by experts and the powerful voices of the survivors. It will encourage you to think critically about what and how you are teaching and why as well as inspire you to be even more thoughtful in your praxis. It is incredibly important to move beyond the Eurocentric view of history and this journey provides you with a lens from which you can examine these issues more fully and richly. You will have a chance to meet and work with passionate teachers who care about their work and their students; their spirit is contagious. - Karin Dhar, York House School , 2006 participant



“My experiences at the site of the Nanjing Massacre solidified my belief that by teaching these materials in our classrooms, we can take the next step from simply being an ear for the plight of these victims, to being their voices in the hope of preventing su ch tragedies, and building a more peaceful world.” – Rae-dene Lacey, Southridge School , 2004 participant





More testimonies are available at www.alpha-canada.org/StudyTour/report.htm.
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