Thursday, September 01, 2005

Call for Application for the Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

Call for Application for the Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

The Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School aims to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. Twenty (20) invitees from all over the Asia who have been working for human rights and peace organizations in their own countries shall be given an opportunity to learn and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea.

Participants will be introduced to Korean history in general and to the movements and struggle for democracy, including the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, both through theoretical and practical experiences such as seminars, discussions and field trips to the sites of democratization movements in Korea.

(Note: The activity is invitational only. Submitting an application does not guarantee an invitation. The foundation is doing its best to allocate the invitation to a wider reach and representation (sector, country, gender, issues, etc.). Also, this activity is conducted on a yearly basis so the chance of being invited is very high).

Please visit this site for more information about the foundation:

● General information
▤ Place: Gwangju, Republic of Korea
▤ Dates: 7~25 November 2005
▤ Number of participants: 20
▤ Held by : The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

▤ Prerequisites:
Minimum 3-years experience in the field of Human Rights or peace organisation, and ability to communicate in English (evidence of qualifications must be submitted with application).

▤ Rules:
1. Participants may not bring their friends and family member for the duration of the programme.
2. Participants must stay in the accommodation allocated them for the duration of the programme.
3. Participants must participate in the programme fully, not using allotted times for their personal activities.

▤ Selection process:
Call for applications to be made through human rights and peace organisations in Asia; applications received will be assessed by the May 18 Memorial Foundation and applicants will be informed of the outcome.

▤ Expenses covered:
Cost of economy class air ticket, accommodation, food and education for duration of programme for overseas participants.
Domestic (Korean) participants will pay for the costs themselves.

▤ Application period:
24 August ~ 30 September 2005
Please find the Application Form attached to this e-mail.

● Syllabus
▤ First week: The History of the Korean Democracy Movement
1. Pay respects at the National May 18 Cemetery and introduction
2. Significance of the May 18 Uprising in the Korean Democracy Movement
3. Defeat of the military dictatorship
4. The history of the Korean Democracy Movement

▤ Second week: Human Rights in Asia
1. Inheritance of imperialism (overcoming colonialism, ideological conflict, ethnic problems, religious conflicts, and an overview of human rights in Asia)
2. Asian values and Orientalism
3. Cultural conflicts and unification
4. Ideological conflicts and state violence
5. Field visits (Pan Mun Jeom and the Korean Democracy Foundation)

▤ Third week: Korea and Asia
1. Civil society and NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations)
2. Anti-globalization/ Neo-liberalism
3. Development and environment (a. Development and dictatorship; b. Environment)
4. Group reports and networking
5. Trip, Closing Ceremony & Free Time

● Daily timetable
▤ 9:00~10:30 Lecture
▤ 10:30~11:30 Discussion
▤ 11:30~12:30 Lunch
▤ 12:30~14:00 Lecture
▤ 14:00~15:00 Discussion

● Contact
▤ Mr. Chanho. Kim
▤ Assistant Director of General Affairs Department of The May 18 Memorial Foundation
▤ Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School
▤ E-mail:
▤ Web:
▤ Phone.: (+82) 62 456 0518 (Office), FAX: (+82) 62 456 0519, Mob: (+82) 10 4642 6650

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