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From: Peter Lems <>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2000 7:08 PM
Subject: AFSC Study Guide on Iraq

Fostering Friendships: A Study Guide to Iraq
For Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Challenging stereotypes and expanding knowledge by providing information
and educational resources are a central goal of AFSC's new study guide.

By introducing the rich culture and history of the Arab world, the study
guide offers students the opportunity to evaluate recent U.S. actions and
policies in the region.

Featuring interactive exercises on geography, language, colonialism, and
culture, children will learn about deserts, waterways, customs, and
discoveries from the Middle East that are relevant today. They will learn
some of the things they have in common with children in Iraq, and some of
the differences.

One of the seven units examines the cost and consequences of the Gulf War
and continuing sanctions, offering alternatives based on Quaker values of
nonviolence and seeing that of God in everyone.  Students will be
introduced to a Middle Eastern way of conflict resolution called SULHA
(reconciliation).  They will be encouraged to explore moral questions of
war and peace, and to critique collective punishment.

Although study guide units build on one another, the study guide provides
flexibility to be used in its entirety, unit by unit, or as independent
topics of study.  The lessons can easily be adapted to fit the needs of
individual classes or study groups.  Whether spending a month or an
after-noon studying Iraq, Fostering Friendships  provides insights into the
history, culture, and current situation in Iraq and suggests creative ways
of teaching this information.

Topics include:
The History of Iraq
Iraq Today
Conflict Resolution
One Million Postcards - Video

Students  will have the opportunity to draw upon their own creative
resources by participating in an art exchange between American and Iraqi
children. Culminating in a traveling exhibit scheduled for August 2000, the
art exchange is a concrete way of creating common bonds between children.

An exciting component of Fostering Friendships is the video One Million
Postcards (running length 12 minutes), produced as a resource for educators
to accompany the study guide.

One Million Postcards is the inspiring story of two grade-schoolers in
California who are conducting a postcard campaign to the U.S. president
protesting the sanctions against Iraq.  Directed by award-winning
documentary filmmaker Joan Mandell, One Million Postcards  shows how
children can become involved in international affairs through grassroots
organizing and activism.

For teachers, a companion reader is included that provides an historical
context of regional strife,  a bibliography, information about stereotypes,
and an overview of the 1991 Gulf War, including the ramifications of the
embargo imposed on Iraq by the United Nations Security Council.

Please send me _______ copies of:

Fostering Friendships $30.00
(plus $5.00 for shipping & handling)
Includes - Seven Unit Study Guide, Video & Fact sheet
220 pages  2000

One Million Postcards (video)
$10.00 (plus $3.50 for shipping & handling)
Includes - Video only & Fact Sheet

To order, send payment to:

AFSC/ Literature Resources
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1479
Tel: 1-888-588-2372
FAX: 215/241-7275
Make checks payable to AFSC
Peter Lems
Program Assistant for Iraq - Middle East Peace Education
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA. 19102
Tel: 215/241-7170
Fax: 215/241-7177

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