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Rotary Adventures in Human Rights (RAHR)

Rotary Adventures in Human Rights (RAHR)

The Rotary Adventure in Human Rights program (RAHR) is a collaboration effort with the Rotary 5550 World Peace Partners and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). 

The first two of three pilot programs were held in August of 2015 and 2016. By all reports, the program has been an outstanding success. We hosted 24 high school aged students for a one week immersion course in Human Rights.

The program will run again starting on August 13th until August 19th, 2017

Why students should attend

The mandate and goal of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to explore human rights issues within the CMHR. Although the majority of the program will be held at the museum, there will be visits to various non-governmental organizations and other Winnipeg locations in order to see positive action in progress, in the area of human rights. Athe end of the program, RAHR students will have an opportunity to design an action plan that they could implement within their schools. They will also network with other students and agencies, thus increasing their human rights network.

What will be the themes discussed at the CMHR

The CMHR staff will be focusing on : What are human rights, First Peoples rights in a changing Canada, Gender perspectives, Democratic rights and protecting rights in Canada.

What other supporting activities are being planned

A full day at the Immigrant and Refugee Centre of Manitoba (IRCOM) will be part of the RAHR program. Students will learn about different cultures and the challenges that newcomers face when coming to Canada. There will be some entertainment incorporated into the program as well.

What about meals and lodging

Students will be living in the University of Winnipeg, McFeetors Hall Student Residence under the supervision of Rotary members. It is important that all students stay in residence in order to get the full experience. Arrival time is approximately 3pm on Sunday August 13th, and departure is 11am Saturday August 19th, 2017.

What is the cost

There is no cost to the student other than the transportation cost to and from the lodging place in Winnipeg.

Who should apply

We are targeting students who are entering grades 11 and 12 in the fall of 2017. We are looking for students who are passionate about human rights and interested in making a difference in their schools.

What are the deadline and how do we apply

Since we have only 24 spots we are encouraging Rotary Clubs to apply as soon as possible but prior to May 15th 2017.

Request for an APPLICATION FORM from Irwin Kumka Email: Irwin_Kumka@AJG.com

For further information feel free to contact:

Irwin Kumka Irwin_Kumka@AJG.com

or

Rob Tisdale tisdale@mymts.net

Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR)

The Emerging Issues in Human Rights (EIHR) formerly referred to as AGC (Adventures in Global Citizenship) is now a full university credit course at Global College University of Winnipeg held during 10 consecutive days in August.

This was spearheaded with Professor Marilou McPhedran an International Human Rights lawyer in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights museumforhumanrights.ca and World Peace Partners D5550 worldpeacepartners.org in 2011. The idea of this course with Prof Marilou McPhedran actually grew out of the seeds planted when four universities came together on April 7, 2009 with District 5550 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on Human Rights and Peace Education. 

Many Rotary Clubs within D5550 donate to World Peace Partners D5550 for the purpose of either sponsoring a young university student or donating funds to WPP for Emerging Issues in Human Rights course. As well, if a Rotary Club does not select a student, then any funds donated to World Peace Partners D5550 flow through to the University of Winnipeg Foundation which may be matched by the provincial government to provide bursaries to EIHR students selected for the awards by the University of Winnipeg. The sponsoring of a diversity of students who could not otherwise afford it in this course was critical to this course "emerging" to what it is today.

This is a 'jumpstart' university course for Grade 12 graduates but the majority are university students seeking credits. In 2016 the majority of the 22 students were studying business courses.

To find out more information about the EIHR, click on the following link

http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/global-college/ba-in-human-rights/spring-summer-institutes.html

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and Peace Education

This is an international way of having students in schools from two different countries dialoguing with each other.

We have a large number of UNESCO Associated Schools here in Winnipeg and in our Province of Manitoba Canada. One of our Strategic Initiatives with World Peace Partners D5550 is called "UNESCO Associated Schools Network Cross Borders for Peace Project" ("UNESCO Schools Project") 

This initiative is in the last year of a 3 year pilot program with a middle school in Winnipeg connecting virtually with a middle school in Cleves Ohio. The 2nd year had a focus on citizenship in USA. This year the students are learning how one becomes a Citizen in Canada.

A neighbouring Rotary Club in each Country is connected wth each school for potential support. Two American Rotarians funded this pilot project. Each of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO  and the US UNESCO Commission welcomed the launch of this 3 year pilot project between these two middle schools. UNESCO Schools commit to:

Four Pillars of Learning
Learning to know
Learning to do
Learning to be
Learning to live together

Themes of Study
ASPnet and UN priorities
Education for Sustainable Development
Peace and human rights
Intercultural learning

Peace Days 365 including Festival of Peace and Compassion

Peace Days 365 including Festival of Peace and Compassion

Peace Days was inspired by Rotary World Peace Partners in 2010. Peace Days grew out of a desire to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace, designated as September 21st each year.

In 2010, Winnipeg celebrated with a Concert for Peace, where music was the medium to communicate the importance of working toward a more peaceful and compassionate society.

Peace Days evolved, and in 2015 became a two week-long festival with community events spanning from September 11 through to the International Day of Peace on September 21. Peace Days has further expanded into additional events year round called Peace Days 365.

View http://www.peacedays.ca/ to see all the events associated with the two week festival and Peace Days 365

Rotary International Centers for Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Rotary International Centers for Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary World Peace Partners ("WPP") works supportively with Rotary Peace Fellows locally, regionally and internationally. Local Rotary Peace Fellows are key volunteers in WPP programs. Rotarians in District 5550 are encouraged by WPP to recruit candidates to apply to become Rotary Peace Fellows.