Partners in Rwanda
Kigali Genocide Memorial Kigali, Rwanda
The Kigali Genocide Memorial was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. These graves are a clear reminder of the cost of ignorance. The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost.
Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center Kigali, Rwanda
The Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) - Rwanda is a nonprofit organization based in Kigali, Rwanda. IGSC’s mission is to testify, to study genocide through rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to understand various mechanisms and structures of violence, with the goal of preventing genocide and mass violence.
CONFERENCE LIAISONS IN RWANDA
Freddy Mutanguha Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
Freddy Mutanguha is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi and is currently the director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KMC) in Rwanda. A coordinating member of Aegis Trust, he was one of the people in charge of coordinating countrywide events for the 15th commemoration ceremony of the genocide in 2009. Having taken both President George W. Bush and Chelsea Clinton on tours of the memorial center, he is a continual symbol of hope for survivors across Rwanda. "I want to help other survivors as we join together to fight against the consequences of the genocide. I dream of a developed Rwanda and I’m determined to fight all genocidal ideologies. I want to see us build our nation. We can only do that if we consider the younger generations.". To learn more about Freddy and his commitment to make the world a better place, click here.
The Rwandan Genocide Teachers Association, or RGTA, is a group led by six Rwandan teachers to organize and sustain further professional development on Holocaust, human rights, and genocide prevention education throughout the country. Inspired by attending the 2011 EIHR Conference, the goal of the group is to continue to reach out, organize, and network with other Rwandan teachers, ultimately to stage events on their own; creating a ripple effect that will engage their colleagues the way EIHR did for them.
Sam Boarer International Coordinator for Aegis Students
Sam Boarer is a graduate of the University of Derby with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is now the International Co-ordinator for Aegis Students, an international student movement working to end genocide. As a teenager Sam spent his weekends volunteering at The Holocaust Centre in Laxton, Nottinghamshire, which had a profound impact on him. Listening to the testimony of Holocaust Survivors and then later undertaking a gap year with Aegis Trust, what struck him most was the connection between the Holocaust and the need for taking action against genocide today. "I know that my own family helped hide Jewish people trying to escape from the Nazis during the Second World War. My hope today is that we might raise people's awareness of genocide that has taken place in other countries."
Partners in the United States
Pete Fredlake Director, National Outreach for Teacher Initiatives
EIHR Conference Organizers Mark Gudgel and Andrew Beiter have received an Advanced Funding Project grant from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C. Learn more about the Museum's genocide prevention programs and its work on Rwanda at http://www.ushmm.org/.
New York State United Teachers Albany, New York
We are dedicated to improving not only our working conditions, but also our professions. We're united in a common commitment to improve the quality of education and healthcare for the people of New York. NYSUT is a grassroots organization. We elect the people who lead our local unions and or state and national affiliates. We elect delegates to a state convention - the Representative Assembly - who discuss issues and set policy that determines the programs and services that NYSUT provides us. Richard Iannuzzi, President; Lee Cutler, Secretary-Treasurer; and Paul Aroune, President, Springville Faculty Association.
The American Federation of Teachers Washington, D. C.
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. - See more at: http://www.aft.org/. Randi Weingarten, President; and Shannon Lederer, Assistant Director of International Affairs.
Friends of EIHR
World Outside My Shoes Spokane, Washington
World Outside My Shoes came into existence as a result of continuing requests for Carl Wilkens to speak at schools, community events, educator workshops, and other professional groups across the country about his experiences in Rwanda during the genocide. From these experiences he is able to move into sharing life principles that impact relationships and opportunities that we encounter every day. In January 2008 Carl left his job working with high school students for the past 11 years in order to respond full time to these invitations. He soon saw the need to establish a structure that could both facilitate these speaking events while also providing a channel for support from those who share the vision of World Outside My Shoes.
The Lowell Milken Center Fort Scott, Kansas
Located in Fort Scott, Kansas, the Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound and positive difference on the course of history. Through student-driven project-based learning, people throughout America and the world learn that each of us has the responsibility and the power to take actions that "repair the world" by improving the lives of others.
Imperial War Museum London, England
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘war-time experience’. It is proud to be regarded as one of the essential sights of London.
The Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Anne Frank House is an independent organization entrusted with the care of the Secret Annexe, the place where Anne Frank went into hiding during World War II and where she wrote her diary. It brings her life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy.
Useless Eaters Virginia Beach, Virginia
The methods used for mass extermination in the Nazi death camps originated and were perfected in earlier use against people with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. Developed from the article by Dr. Mark Mostert, this website describes the historical context of attitudes toward people with disabilities in Germany and how this context produced mass murder of people with disabilities prior to and during the early years of World War II. Find more at: http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/uselesseaters/.
Robert H. Jackson Center Jamestown, New York
Located outside of Buffalo in Jamestown, New York, the mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance the legacy of Nuremberg lead prosecutor Robert H. Jackson through education, exhibitry, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for our present generation. To that end, special emphasis is placed on educating youth on issues of justice and fairness, and in applying Jackson's views on international law as they relate to aggressive war, war crimes, and acts of terror in today's world.
Speak Truth to Power Washington, D.C.
Speak Truth to Power is a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. Our student adaptation of that play is indebted for the used of Kerry Kennedy's book and Mr. Dorfman's format, and hopes to inspire its audience in a similar way.
The Summer Institute for Human Rights & Genocide Studies Buffalo, N.Y.
Rooted in the study of the Holocaust, the Summer Institute is designed for students who are interested in politics, history, international relations, or the social sciences. It provides its participants with the opportunity to hear human rights experts, historians, and advocates, as well as take part in hands-on activities, discussions, and field trips--all to inspire its students to have a positive impact on the world. Recognized by C-SPAN and the winner of both local and national education awards, its alumni have gone on to pursue careers in journalism, law, politics, medicine, education, and human services.