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----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Lems <PLems@afsc.org> 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: Geography Culture The History of Iraq Iraq Today Conflict Resolution One Million Postcards - Video Resources Appendix 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 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.afsc.org/iraqhome.htm -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi