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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335



For Immediate Release: July 19, 2002

St. Thomas University teaches Human Rights

St. Thomas University will host the Fifth Annual Summer Institute in Human Rights for Teachers from July 21 to 26. The session, which is run by the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, the STU Department of Education, and the New Brunswick Department of Education, aims to raise awareness of human rights issues in students and faculty.

Thirty-eight teachers from across the country will gather at Rigby Hall for the event. The workshop includes sessions on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and controversial topics such as homophobia, poverty, and harassment. Participants will also take part in a mini model United Nations simulation. The goal is to explore and offer ways for educators to bring human rights and contemporary issues into the classroom.

Patrick Malcomson, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, believes that, "one of the purposes of a human rights commission is human rights education. The commission believes that the annual human rights institute serves an essential purpose in educating teachers in human rights."

The summer institute is organized by the Atlantic Human Rights Centre and its new director, Reverend Dr. Michael McGowan. Also involved in the effort are Richard Blaquiere, a Woodstock history teacher, Senator Noël Kinsella, and Heather Richmond, an education professor at STU. Together, they developed the programme through the New Brunswick Department of Education Summer Institute Programme.

For more information please contact Atlantic Human Rights Centre at (506) 452-0549 or fax at (506) 451-0083.

Media contact:

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522
Email: marymc@stu.ca