|The May 18 Folk Academy Ⅱ (July 29-August 15 2013)|
|Date : 2013-09-16 Hit : 3667|
The May 18 Folk Academy Ⅱ, which was previously organized in the name of "Gwangju Human Rights Folk School" since 2004, was held in Inje (in Gangwon Province, the far northen side of South Korea), Seoul and Gwangju from July 29 to August 15, 2013.
Twenty four participants from nineteen countries ranging from Asian countries including Nepal, Singapore, Pakistan and Vietnam to African countries such as Kenya and Uganda participated in the lectures on Korean comtemporary history focusing on the democratization movements in Korea and the May 18 Democratization Movement, human rights, peace and reunification of Korean peninsula, Asian civil society, environment and feminist action as well as attending the summer school called, "Civil Society Education Network in Asia (CENA)", co-organized by the May 18 Memorial Foundation, Sung Kong Hoe University in Seoul and other international organizations/institutes from August 1 and 2.
Amidst a number of lectures and seminars we went on visiting civil society organizations/memorial sites on democracy, human rights and peace in Seoul and Gwangju, as well as field trip to Inter-Korean Transit Office, Kim Dae Jung Presidential Library, the twin tunnel which suffered Nogunri Massacre and the National May 18 Cemetery.
It was not only joining the lectures and visiting the organizations/memorable sites during the three weeks of the Folk Academy. Participants also had chances to share their experiences and knowledge by giving the individual presentation to others and exchanged with Korean civil society activists at "Solidarity Night" on August 9 and 10.
On the last week of the Folk Academy, we had other sharing and learning opportunities from special lectures delivered by our four senior participants: Mr. Patrick Yepe Lombaia from Papua New Guinea Mining Watch Group Association Inc., Papua New Guinea; Mr. Okisai Cleophas from Teso Peace and Human Rights Development Initiative, Kenya; Mr. Nir Oren from the Parents Circle-Families Forum, Israel; and Mr. Panda Ait Kumar from Vikash, India.
During the Academy, participants have organized four groups and prepared for the group reporting which would be presented on the graduation day. All groups actively joined in group activities and presented on the issue of human rights, democracy and peace by performing plays, demonstrating PPT, etc..
Entire twenty four participants, our two international interns as well from the May 18 Memorial Foundation successfully completed the Academy course and obtained graduation certificate.
The May 18 Memorial Foundation is very pleased to share with you that the May 18 Folk Academy Ⅱ 2013 was successfully completed with active cooperation and participation of each and every participants. We are thankful that we gained such a precious opportunity to meet such devoted activists working for human rights, democracy and peace in the World and hoped for the bright future together, working in solidarity.
(To check the some of the lecture materials and guidance of the program, please download attached file.)
▲ Lecture: Understanding Asian Civil Society, the May 18 Education Center, Gwangju
▲ Visiting People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), Seoul
▲ Visiting Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum, Seoul
▲ Visiting Gwangju Human Rights Office , Gwangju City Hall, Gwangju
▲ Preparing for the group reporting, Catholic Prayer House, Seoul
▲ Visiting Gwangju Trauma Center, Gwangju
▲ Group presentation, the May 18 Education Center, Gwangju
▲ Awarding the best group reporting team, the May 18 Education Center, Gwangju
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