The United Nations: Advancing Social Justice--The Role of Educators

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Date & Time: Friday, January 18, 2013
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $295 ($225 students/seniors) includes transportation from New England to NYC
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Virginia Swain, Founder and Director, The Institute for Global Leadership will be leading a group of teachers, students and concerned citizens to the United Nations on Friday, January 18, 2013, to attend the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN)14th annual conference, Advancing Social Justice: The Role of Educators. Cost includes round trip transportation,conference and lunch RSVP with full payment by December 15, 2012; paypal at; mail check to 32 Hill Top Circle, Worcester, MA 01609

We invite you to join us at UN Headquarters as we examine todays social justice issues and explore the role educators must play in helping our students understand them and address and resolve them for our future. To carry out this task, young people will need to be empowered with the content knowledge and 21st century skills necessary to navigate and make significant democratic changes in their global society.

Investigating current social justice issues will require critical discussion on the complex issues of human trafficking and economic inequality. Human trafficking, including the exploitation of youth, modern day slavery, and immigration/forced migration will be considered. Underlying these issues of human security is the primary problem of economic inequality and the essential question of how to resolve such overarching dilemmas as child labor, ensuring environmental justice and food security. Speakers and panel discussions will highlight these fundamental concerns.

All educators and concerned citizens are invited to this event. We encourage you to work with us as we move forward in promoting social justice as a means for creating economic equality and political stability for the worlds citizens  the achievement of the UNs founding goals

Eleanor Roosevelt, 27 March 1958, United Nations, wrote:

Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closest to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood…the school or college…the factory, farm or office…Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
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Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: November 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM
Last Modified: December 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

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