Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development

From Genocide Watch

Genocide Watch seeks funding to develop curriculum about the genocidal process and how genocide can be prevented. For more information please go to: www.genocidewatch.net

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Genocide Watch exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. We seek to raise awareness and influence public policy concerning potential and actual genocide. Our purpose is to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide.

Summary of organization:

Genocide Watch was the world`s first organization dedicated solely to the prevention and punishment of the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity. Genocide Watch chairs the International Alliance to End Genocide, which has 47 leading member organizations on every continent.  The President drafted UN Security Council Resolutions 955 and 978, which created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the Rules of Procedure for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.  The Alliance asked the UN to create the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.  This year we have proposed an Optional Protocol to strengthen prevention of genocide under the Genocide Convention.

Our major focus in the coming years will be on genocide education, using Dr. Stanton`s book and curriculum on the genocidal process.  We have concluded that prevention must focus on education at the local and national level, especially in secondary schools.  The curriculum we develop will equip teachers to develop lesson plans and to show films that will engage their students.  They will be translated into the languages of the countries where they are used, but tested first in the USA, Canada, and other English speaking countries. 

Want funding for:

Genocide Watch seeks funding to develop curriculum about the genocidal process and how genocide can be prevented.  In particular, we will seek to obtain rights for teachers to use films in their classrooms that will pose the hard questions about the courage it takes to stand up against de-humanization and racism, to oppose genocidal tyranny, and to recognize the early stages of genocidal thinking, such as racism, bullying, gang organization, mistreatment of women, and group violence.  The films will also portray the heroism of teenagers, men, and women who stood up to oppose such forces, such as the White Rose in Nazi Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rev. Andre Trocme and the French village of Chambon sur Lignon, and Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of lives during the Holocaust; as well as modern heroes like Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The goal of our educational program is to develop young men and women with the courage to stand up for justice and equality, even when government propaganda and peer pressure confront them with unpopularity and even death.

Film is one of the most powerful media we have to teach such lessons.  We want to make it an integral part of our curriculum against genocide.

 

How will benefit community:

The program will give teachers and students in local secondary schools the materials and the licenses they will need to use films in their classes about the genocidal process.  Genocide Watch will work with film companies and copyright holders to make such materials available on a limited basis for educational purposes.  The President of Genocide Watch practiced international copyright law with a prominent Milwaukee law firm before he became a law professor, diplomat, and founder of Genocide Watch.  He believes in the sanctity of copyrights.  He also knows that local communities can benefit enormously from appropriate use in schools of the powerful medium of film, which he used through his long career as a law and university professor.

It is often said that the young people of today will become the leaders of tomorrow.  The formation of their character is the most important job of every school system.

Current trends have made all too many teachers stick to curricula that never develop the character students will need to stand up for liberty, equality, and justice.  But these are the bedrock of democracy, and the strongest antidote to genocide and racism.

Genocide Watch has learned through its scores of interns that young people today are just as committed to justice as were the founders of this nation.

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