Are you a passionate Social Studies or Military History educator in the Calgary area interested in digging deeply into the topics of the Crisis in Syria, Refugees, Internationalism, and Democratic Citizenship, with your students?
Do you enjoy facilitating group discussion about one of the most pressing challenges that our world faces today?
Would you relish bringing your students together with others from around the city for a mini, Model UN-like exercise? Our end goal would be a student-led creation of a Treaty Document (The Ottawa Treaty) that will outline conditions necessary to end the current Syria Crisis, so that aid and reconstruction can begin.
If so, please consider joining us for:
* Teacher professional development * Thorough, engaging, and complimentary resources for your classroom to be used during the semester * A student field trip to The Military Museums in Calgary *
Participating teacher's will be given a preparation package containing background on the current situation in Syria along with information modules that communicate information to students and provide them with further avenues for research into each of the 8 main interests regarding the outcome in Syria. The 8 include: Assad's Syria, the Syrian Rebels/FSA, Iraq, Turkey, Kurds, Russia, U.S., and E.U. Valour Canada believes that by giving students an opportunity to learn about the underlying issues in Syria along with information pertaining to specific geopolitical interests, they will be better able to negotiate with each other and to work towards a group solution to the Syria Crisis. It is recommended that teacher's spend at least 2-3 hours in class preparing students for their Ottawa Treaty activities during their trip to The Military Museums.
*Peace in the Region (the future of Syria, Iraq, the Middle East broadly, Shia-Sunni tensions)
*Global Security (threat posed by IS, retaliation/retribution, conditions required for aid and reconstruction, competing/aligning interests, media reliability, etc.)
*Humanitarianism (crimes against non-combatants, the stateless Kurdish people, the fate of refugees, etc.)
*Economic considerations (costs incurred by various countries, including Canada, i.e. in military expenditures, losses or gains in trade, human casualties, refugees, immigration, foreign aid to the region, costs associated with attacks on home soil, potential future costs, etc.
If you are interested in hearing more about these exciting opportunities, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at firstname.lastname@example.org