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CMHR, Asper Foundation to Form Education Program

October 7, 2014 9:58 AM | News

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Canadian students will travel to Winnipeg to study at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in a new education program being developed with the Asper Foundation.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to educate youth as part of the Foundation’s Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program.

“Educating students about Canada’s human rights history and creating dialogue about the importance of human rights in our everyday lives are main objectives of the Museum,” said CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray. “Through this partnership with the Asper Foundation, we will not only fulfill Israel Asper’s dream, but will also help to inspire the next generation of human rights champions.”

The program was created in 1997 to promote respect for others, sensitize Canadian high school students to the consequences of racism, and imbue them with a sense of personal responsibility to stand up and defend human rights.

Students who participate in the program are also required to complete 16 hours of volunteer work on a charitable project.

The CMHR will work with the Foundation to adapt the program’s curriculum so it fits with the museum’s gallery content.