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Screening and Panel Discussion: Peace, Education, and Justice

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:15pm - 9:00pm

A joint event in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia 

Attendees in each city will view two short videos and a longer documentary on the intersection of peace, justice, and education, seen through the prism of school funding. The documentary “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman” challenges the allegations in the 2010 film "Waiting for Superman" blaming teachers unions for public schools’ ills and touting charter schools as the sole solution.

Haiti Program Background

As the post-earthquake situation in Haiti continues to evolve, AFSC is adapting to changing needs. After over a year working in the camps with displaced people, we are developing a teacher training program in partnership with the St. Charles Borromee school. 

We asked Carmen Ortiz, AFSC’s Haiti Program Director, to answer a few questions about this new phase in her work:

Educating Burma’s children

As poverty in Myanmar (Burma) deepens, Buddhist monasteries have started schools to provide basic education and care for the increasing number of poor children who cannot afford to attend state schools.  These schools accept students of both sexes and of all ethnicities and religions, and use the standard state curriculum.  The monks and nuns leading these schools see education as vital to the future of their country.  The state spends less than 2% of gross domestic product on health and education, leading to a serious deterioration in the country’s future prospects.

With Hiroshima Eyes: Exhibit Opening

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

With Hiroshima Eyes

With Hiroshima Eyes

Accouncement for "With Hiroshima Eyes: The Hibakusha Art of Junko Kayashige"

AFSC is proud to have arranged the display of the Hibakusha art of Junko Kayashige at Harvard University this October.

When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima City on August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. A Hiroshima City native, she was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb hit. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close members of her family.

A Small Act

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

Chris Mburu, UN Human Rights Lawyer

Chris Mburu

Chris Mburu, Harvard gruaduate and creator of the Hilde Back Foundation, which honors his benefactor.

“A Small Act”

Presented By American Friends Service Committee

HBO’s A Small Act—an extraordinary film that reveals just how powerful a gesture of kindness and generosity can be, and that an education is perhaps the  most generous gift of all.

Chris Mburu, UN Human Rights Lawyer

Chris Mburu

Chris Mburu, Harvard gruaduate and creator of the Hilde Back Foundation, which honors his benefactor.

A Small Act

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Students featured in HBO film "a small act"

kenya, education, youth, children

Students in Kenya featured in the HBO film "a small act"

 “A Small Act”

Presented By American Friends Service Committee & the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center

HBO’s A Small Act—an extraordinary film that reveals just how powerful a gesture of kindness and generosity can be, and that an education is perhaps the  most generous gift of all.

Students featured in HBO film "a small act"

kenya, education, youth, children

Students in Kenya featured in the HBO film "a small act"

Dustin Washington Asks Provocative Questions About Race and Education

Dustin Washington coordinates the Tyree Scott Freedom School, which teaches young people about racism and how to organize to undo it, through his work at American Friends Service Committee's Seattle office.

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