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May 6, 2003
Issue 3 

Feature Article

A Moment of Reflection

In our first issue of RESPECT ezine we sent out our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families for Kilama Charles and Gulu, two students of the RESPECT program, who were both killed in rebel attacks in Uganda in February. In a moment of reflection, a friend of Kilama's wrote us a first person account of the events of that unfortunate night. <<more>>

Letters from Afghanistan

The first letters from Afghanistan have been received and we at RESPECT are all very excited! Among the letters is one by a 15 year old that is especially touching as it reflects the present day political turmoil and the impact it has had on the people there.

"I am from Takhar Province, Afghanistan but living in Kabul as a refugee/IDP. A new dawn has been opened for my country and people and we hope it to end with peace not as it started with war. I hope that all our refugees one day return home. I would like to express my solidarity to all refugees and request from them to maintain contacts with me and write to me."

If you would like to get in touch with the RESPECT Afghanistan Country Coordinator, Sabir Gharib, you should contact him at: gharib76@yahoo.com

RESPECT's First Board Meeting

On 27 April 2003, RESPECT had its first board meeting which was filled with fruitful discussions on how to improve different aspects of RESPECT. A number of resolutions were passed and will be included in the next issue of the ezine. Until then, we would like to introduce the Board of Directors and their areas of representation.

  • Rylee Cizik, RESPECT Youth
    yellow_turtle_shell@hotmail.com
  • Charity Fadun, RESPECT French
    charityf@mts.net
  • Matt Majkut, RESPECT Research Analysts
    mmajkut@amm.mb.ca
  • Robyn Mossman, WREN
    wren@winnipegrefugee.org
  • Kae Sasaki, RESPECT ICT Volunteers
    kaemarc@escape.ca
  • Marc Schaeffer, RESPECT Country Coordinators(English)
    kaemarc@escape.ca

In the board meeting, Rylee Cizik made some very useful suggestions for non-refugee students on how to keep in tune with penpals in between receiving and sending letters. To read these wonderful suggestions please click <<more>>

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Students in Taiwan

Students in Taiwan working on their letter writing projects

Announcements

The RESPECT Refugee Camp website is under continuing development. Refugee Schools participating with RESPECT can be profiled here including school information, challenges, goals, and contact details. This valuable contribution has been created and maintained by Will Wallace. If you would like to visit the website please click <<here>>.

RESPECT International has letters available from refugee students in Guinea, Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon. Teachers and student leaders interested in getting involved with RESPECT should contact: Marc Schaeffer, respect@respectrefugees.org

The Winnipeg Refugee Education Network (WREN) is organising a two day youth High School conference on Refugees and Youth Leadership on 23-24 May 2003. For more information please contact: Robyn Mossman, wren@winnipegrefugee.org.

An upcoming partnership between RESPECT and Teachers Without Borders is forging the way to put up a Refugee Awareness Course online using the Cisco Learning Institute. Stay tuned to the developments of this amazing opportunity! Contact: Marc Schaeffer respect@respectrefugees.org

Affiliates

Teachers Without Borders logo

Teachers Without Borders (TWB) is an active organisation committed to integrating and connecting all education initiatives to economic development projects.

Recently, TWB has partnered up with RESPECT in Nigeria to establish a school in a displaced persons' camp.