Friday, October 28, 2005

2nd Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School 2005 Slated

It was N. F. S. Grundtvig a 19th century Danish democrat, social reformer, Lutheran bishop and poet who popularized the concept of folk school. He believed that all people possess knowledge and are teachers. It was through the folk schools in Denmark that created an equal platform for both the peasants and the elite to sat down together as equals in expertise and discuss the issues and ideas of their time.

Emulated all over the world as an alternative, democratic and popular medium of instruction, The May 18 Memorial Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School from 7 – 25 November 2005. Twenty-two (22) participants, eleven men and women from 14 Asian countries will attend the folk school.

It is the aim of the folk school to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia and provide participants an opportunity to learn and experience Korea's history and the development process of its human rights and democracy. The Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School will be conducted both on a theoretical and practical experiences through seminars, workshops, discussions, and field trips to Korea's sites of democratization movements.

Participants of the folk school were chosen from among different applicants who are human rights activists, development workers, advocates of democracy and peace. They belong to different fields like the academe, medical profession, police training officers, media person, cultural and theater workers or program officers of various kinds of non-government organizations (NGOs).

Speakers and facilitators of the folk school includes Korean professors and NGO workers as well as international experts on the topic that includes, Korean history (democracy movements and struggle, including the 1980 Gwangju Uprising), Globalization and Neo-liberalism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Cooperation in Asian Region, Civil Society and NGO, etc.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising; the victims' families; and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation has as its aims to commemorate and promote the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising; to contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea; and to work towards peace and human rights throughout the world.

Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity (e.g. internship program, volunteer exchange program, study tour), hosting the Gwangju Human Rights Folk School and awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

List of Participants to the Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folks School 2005

1) Md. Abul Khaer, Bangladesh, Development Institute for Social Advancement
2) Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee, Bangladesh, Relief International - School Online
3) Muhammad Ali Ghulam Raza, Afghanistan, Shuhada Organization
4) Sok Phay Sean, Cambodia, Cambodian Women's Crisis Center
5) Jeudy Oeung, Cambodia, Cambodian Human Rights Actions Committee
6) Ma. Rosalie A. Zerrudo, Philippines, Enigmata Creative Circle
7) Anjana Singh, India, Centre for Social Justice and Development
8) Naqibullah, Afghanistan, Pajwok Afghan News Agency
9) Amarzaya Galsanlkhagya, Mongolia, Amnesty International-Mongolia
10) Dhruba Devi Gurung, Nepal, Maiti Nepal
11) Sadia Malik, Pakistan, Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Program
12) Erkinbek Kamalov, Kyrgyz, Democratic Youth Programs in Talas Region
13) Sinnaliwati R. Blegur, Indonesia, IKOHI
14) Zuherna, Aceh, Eye on Aceh
15) Md. Berkah Gamulya, Indonesia, Urban Poor Consortium
16) CPKT Mudiyanselage, Sri Lanka, Human Rights Center of Danbulla
17) NBW Mudiyanselage, Sri lanka, Right to Life
18) Duong Thi My Linh, Vietnam, Research Center for Gender & Devt. National Academy for Public Admin.
19) Weiping Sun, China, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. Law School
20) Lih Yi Beh, Malaysia, Malaysiakini
21) Christine Ahn, USA, Women of Color Resource Center
22) Hekmatullah Sial, Afghanistan, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan


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