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Darfur Lesson Plan2

Darfur Lesson Plan2

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Darfur: Never, Ever Again?
September 16
th
& 18
th
, 2008
 
 
www.touchingharmstheart.com
Background of Lesson:
Since 2003, the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, has captured the hearts and minds of many of theworld’s citizens. The people of Darfur continue to suffer as the global community struggles tofind a solution to the genocide. On July 14
th
, 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) at theHague brought forth historical charges against the president of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, for committing crimes against humanity.
 
This is the first time a sitting president has ever been accused of committing crimes by a prosecutor of the ICC
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. The possibility of historicproceedings such as these could change the lives of millions of people in Sudan and ultimatelylead to a resolution for this conflict.This two-part PULSE session will allow for students to better understand the conflict in Darfur while focusing on the newly-filed charges against the Sudanese President. Through theincorporation of in-depth discussions using the
Darfur Now 
documentary, as well as speaking
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For more information on the ICC in Darfur, please see:www.icc-cpi.int/cases/Darfur/html 
 
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with Ted Braun, director and writer of 
Darfur Now 
, students will finish the session with theknowledge base necessary to advocate possibilities to end this conflict.
Overall Objectives:
 
Understand how energy and geopolitics affect today’s world
 
Understand the role of politics, geography, economic development, and international lawin conflict
 
Analyze relationships and tensions among members of the international community onhumanitarian issues and how they can be addressed in a multilateral setting
 
Provide an introduction to the genocide in Darfur 
 
help students identify how activists have responded to violence in the region
 
encourage students to think about the complexity of activism and lastly,
 
Ask students to connect this material to their own experiences and ideas about activism,genocide, and conflict resolution
Lesson Plan:
In partnership with Participant Media, the following links are lesson plans to help your studentsgain insight to further understand the current conflict in Darfur.
 http://www.facinghistory.org/resources/units/darfur-now Facing History and Ourselves and ENOUGH have partneredto create and distributeclassroom materials to accompany the movie
Darfur Now 
. Students will be speakingwith Ted Braun, Writer/Director of the documentary, for September 18
th
’svideoconference.“One of the goals of these lessons is to help students understand the work of theseactivists. However, connecting with people whose experiences seem removed from our own can be challenging. Although most students have probably never met with foreigndiplomats or helped pass legislation, they are likely to have had similar feelings of caringabout something so much that it roused them to take action. So, this unit begins byhaving students identify these moments and the factors - the feelings, the personalexperiences, and the values - that inspired them to make an extra effort. At the end of the unit, students will compare the factors that inspired their commitment to act to thefactors that motivated the six individuals in the film.” (Facing History)
 http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSLADarfurUnitInternationalLawMockUNHumanRightsCouncil912.htm In this lesson students will learn about the conflict in Darfur. Students will examine howhistory, geopolitics, oil, international law and organizations, and globalization havecontributed to the situation in Darfur. Students will participate in a role-play activity inwhich they serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council and develop a statementon Darfur.In addition, students will be able to gain deeper insight and formulate opinions to thecurrent charges of crimes against humanity brought by the International Criminal Courtagainst President Omar al-Bashir.

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