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New Tactics in Human Rights | Resources & Tools - 0 views

    Adapt and apply these great resources to your own human rights efforts:
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In Afghanistan, a new approach to teaching history: Leave out the wars - The Washington... - 0 views

    KABUL - In a country where the recent past has unfolded like a war epic, officials think they have found a way to teach Afghan history without widening the fractures between long-quarreling ethnic and political groups: leave out the past four decades. 

    A series of government-issued textbooks funded by the United States and several foreign aid organizations do just that, pausing history in 1973. There is no mention of the Soviet war, the mujaheddin, the Taliban or the U.S. military presence. In their efforts to promote a single national identity, Afghan leaders have deemed their own history too controversial. 
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German youth uninformed about East German past | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 03.10.2011 - 0 views

  • Twenty-one years after the Berlin Wall fell, Communist East Germany is an enigma for young Germans. Some do not even know who built the Wall that divided Germany for decades, but educators are trying to change that.
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Where would the curriculum be without banned books? - 3 views

    In honor of Banned Book week, I was looking over the list of previously banned, most challenged books. Turns out, I would have read about 1 book in high school if those bans stood. I also would have been deprived of some of my favorite books of all time.

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In Cairo, schools reopen as uncertainty remains - 0 views

  • CAIRO - Fatema Salah said her students had never sung the Egyptian national anthem quite the way they did Sunday, the first day back to school for most Cairo pupils. Before, they shuffled through the morning ritual, heads down and sleepy. This time, standing in the school's shady courtyard for the first time since the revolution, they belted it out.
  • "Today, everybody sang loud," said Salah, principal of the Dar El Tarbiah School, a secondary school in central Cairo. "It was real. Many of them were in [Tahrir] Square themselves. They are very proud."
  • But with the pride, nervousness remained. Nearly half of Salah's students were absent, and across the city thousands of families ignored the reopening of school, which had been anticipated as a step toward post-revolution normality.
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  • But new clashes over the weekend between protesters and the military renewed the sense of uncertainty in the Egyptian capital.
  • "Parents are still scared," Salah said. Many students were stranded, she said, because the government asked schools not to run buses through the city. "There are not enough police on the streets."
  • Teachers raced to make up for a month of lost instruction, but the toppling of Mubarak came up in every class.

    "We've been talking about the revolution all day," said Ahmed Younes, 16. "We never used to talk about politics at all."

  • So she encouraged her teachers to embrace the news of the day, even though they are still teaching with textbooks that have long chapters glorifying the achievements of Mubarak and his party.
  • Egypt launched an attempt to modernize the curriculum in 2006, but observers say schools largely remain incompetent and fawning.
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