The Genocide Education Project

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The Genocide Education Project (www.GenocideEducation.org) is a nonprofit organization that assists educators in teaching about human rights and genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops.

The Genocide Education Project seeks to broaden the general understanding of the history of the Armenian Genocide, in the context of the history of World War I, and as a predecessor of the pattern of genocides that followed.

The idea for The Genocide Education Project emerged out of the need for scholastic instruction about the Armenian Genocide, the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians (half of the Armenian population living on its historic homeland) by the Turkish government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

Although sometimes referred to as "the forgotten genocide," the Armenian Genocide is considered by historians the prototype for genocides which came after it, including the most widely taught genocide, the Holocaust, and several others which took the lives of millions of innocent victims.

In order for future generations to be able to help prevent and combat genocide, young people today must better understand its reasons, circumstances, outcomes, and ramifications.

The Genocide Education Project offers a cyber-resource library for teachers at www.TeachGenocide.com and an online classroom for students at www.LearnGenocide.com.

Genocide Education Project Trains Grant Hs Teachers

Suzanne Douzmanian

asbarez Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

LOS ANGELES-Teachers at Grant High School in Los Angeles learned how to teach about the Armenian Genocide at a workshop provided by The Genocide Education Project on their campus on January, 17.

Suzanne Douzmanian, GenEd's Southern California Regional Coordinator led the workshop for Grant's social studies teachers, which is part of a series of teacher-training events provided in coordination with the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has purchased GenEd's lesson plans and teaching materials for all its high school history teachers.

"Suzanne gave an enthralling and thought provoking workshop," said Kevin Kruska, Grant's social studies department chair. "I felt like everybody came away from the workshop with a greater understanding of genocide and specifically, the Armenian Genocide."

Grant High School has a substantial Armenian student population that has experienced tensions with the school's Latino students. In the weeks leading up to the workshop, Kruska and GenEd's education director, Sara Cohan, discussed ways of integrating the study of Armenian issues into the curriculum, as a means of building understanding and mutual respect within the diverse student body, as well as between the teachers and students.

The workshop theme was "The Eight Stages of Genocide," a valuable teaching tool developed by Dr. Gregory Stanton, a past president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. "By using Stanton's work, teachers and students can better comprehend the intentional and methodical nature of the Armenian Genocide, as well as all genocides, and can analyze ways of preventing genocide in the future," said Raffi Momjian, GenEd's Executive Director.

Teachers received a full set of resources on the Armenian Genocide produced by GenEd and provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country and has been collaborating with GenEd over the past eight years to help fulfill the California state mandate to teach about the Armenian Genocide.


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