EIHR provides training, generates dialogue, develops materials, and builds networks to support educators seeking to rebuild community one classroom at a time.
Sarajevo Teachers’ conference
The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights (EIHR) held a film screening and workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) May 10 and 11, 2018, which included 17 educators and 19 students from the Sarajevo area to learn about the Holocaust and using USHMM materials in the classroom. In addition, we had 10 future teachers who volunteered for the event, but also took part in some of the activities. Participants learned a variety of resources and had a rich conversation not only about teaching the Holocaust, but also their own conflicts in the recent past. Partners included USHMM, Carl Wilkens, Watchers of the Sky, Forum ZFD, and the Post-Conflict Research Center (P-CRC).
Cambodia DC-Cam Conference
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Rwandan Regional Conferences
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Jahorina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The EIHR Education Summit and Master Teacher workshop brought together many of the same educational stakeholders to complete work from last year's Summit. Building on that work, participants created a realistic, do-able, sustainable plan to meet the original goals in a pilot project. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
The 2015 meeting between the Educators' Institute for Human Rights and the Rwandan Genocide Teachers' Association was a successful discussion focused on how our partnership will continue to develop in the future. EIHR is glad to work with such wonderful and dedicated educators. They can be contacted through their Facebook page. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
Jahorina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Education Summit in Jahorina, Bosnia-Herzegovina was held from July 1-3, 2015, and included twenty-nine participants from a variety of regions and a wide range of interests in the future of human rights education. Participants engaged in dialogue to set goals for the summit, learned strategies for Holocaust and mass atrocities prevention education from representatives of EIHR, The Watchers of the Sky Initiative, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, and Aegis Trust, brainstormed ideas, prioritized essential questions, and created a plan for continuing to work together. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
The 2014 conference was a great success. It took place from July 31 - August 2, 2014 at the Kigali Memorial Centre. Speakers included Louise Lawrence Israels, Andrea Warren, Damas Gisimba, Aloys Mahwah, members of the Rwandan Genocide Teachers Association, and staff of the EIHR. There were over 30 Rwandan teacher participants. Activities included opening with remembrance of the victims by laying flowers at the grave site at the Kigali Memorial Centre and a field trip to the memorial at Ntarama. The highlights were Louise and Andrea’s presentations and the trip to Ntarama. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
Continuing their momentum, from July 27-29, 2013 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, over 30 Rwandan teachers who were new to the program attended the 3rd EIHR event. Featured speakers included Holocaust survivors Louise Lawrence-Israels and Ruth Cohen who flew to the conference at their own expense; Aloys Mahwa, the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Rwanda (IGSC); as well as several sessions on best practices in genocide prevention education, made by several members of the Rwandan Genocide Teachers Association. As a culminating experience, participants were asked to reflect upon the importance of their role as teachers, and what their action plan will be as leaders of their students and colleagues. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
After its successful 2011 Conference in Rwanda, the EIHR was delighted to hear that several of the participants created the Rwanda Genocide Teachers' Organization (RGTA) -- a group that will be a catalyst toward human rights education throughout the country. To assist this process, from July 29-31st, 2012 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the EIHR was happy to help provide a Fellowship session in which the six-person leadership team of the RGTA was given advanced training to help them organize and facilitate similar events in their own districts and regions. Sessions included communication strategies, best teaching practices, and what priorities the group wanted to set for itself for the upcoming year. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)
Planned for two years beforehand, the first Educators’ Institute for Human Rights conference in Rwanda was a three-day event held from July 31st through August 2nd, 2011, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Over 30 Rwandan teachers received an in-depth study of the Holocaust, the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi, the genocide in Darfur, and the power of educators to repair the world. The theme of the event was “The Importance Of Genocide Studies In The World Today”, with highlighted speakers including James Smith, Co-Founder of of Aegis Trust; Freddy Mutanguha, Director of the KGMC; Damas Gasimba and Carl Wilkens who helped rescue an orphanage in Rwanda during the genocide; Pete Fredlake from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and a special videoconference from Washington with Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin. (if you use our photos, please credit our site appropriately)