Human Asia Interview with KOICA On Friday 23 October, Human Asia had an interview with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on our new project proposal: ‘Mitigating the Digital Divide in Education for Ethnic Minority Mangyan Students in the Philippines (Emergency funding support for the right to education during the COVID-19 pandemic)’. If successful, the new project will aim to resolve socioeconomic disparities of ethnic minorities through overcoming the digital educational divide and funding formal education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst the diverse potential measures to address socioeconomic disparities of ethnic minorities in the Philippines, Human Asia decided to focus in particular on enhancing the digital capacities of local students. This was primarily due to its compatibility with the goal of the Philippine government to ‘educate a future oriented generation for the 21st century’. The project also fits in line with Human Asia’s organisational goals to promote and enhance ‘digital rights’ in the new era of emerging technologies. Although the Department of Education under the Philippine government is currently planning to combine both offline and online classes for the 2020-2022, Mangyan students will likely be violated of their right to education within this system, as they lack digital infrastructure and face numerous difficulties with learning in a home environment. We hope that our new project will prevent young Mangyan students from facing this violation of their rights.
Human Asia invites you to join us in our new donation campaigns and make a real difference to a family in poverty in the Philippines today. Children in the Philippines right now are walking across harsh terrain in intense weather to get to school - with no shoes. For families in poverty in the Philippines, well-fitting underwear is a luxury, not a basic item. Most families can’t access new underwear when they need it. We can help make a difference in their lives. We are currently collecting underwear (all sizes, shapes and types accepted!) and sandals (waterproof shoes, slip ons, slippers etc) for children, mothers and families living in extreme poverty in the Philippines. We are looking to collect 500 items of underwear and 500 pairs of shoes before Christmas 2020! If you are interested in donating new or gently used items to help those less fortunate this winter, please refer to the posters here (Korean only) for further information. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information in English.
Human Asia has now joined the Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) in 2020 to promote more systematic and effective performance in human rights infrastructure development. The Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) is an association of 140 NGOs engaged in international relief development and humanitarian aid activities. Founded in 1999, KCOC member organizations have more than 10,000 full-time employees, and have been carrying out projects worth about 7 billion won in 96 countries annually. ,As a member of KCOC, Human Asia will contribute to areas such as: - Improving accountability by complying with overseas development cooperation NGO code of conduct, - Promoting more effective program performance by forming a network with international NGOs operating around the world, - Strengthening the capacity of development cooperation personnel, - Sending World Friends NGO Volunteers, - Supporting various organisations, - Ensuring smooth communication when conducting KOICA-related projects; List of KCOC Members: http://ngokcoc.or.kr/theme/ngokcoc/03/member00.php
On March 19, Human Asia delivered - 40 backpacks for the new semester (Jansport, individual support) - 40 Immunity-boosting Propolis Candy (individual support) to Eun Hee Kim, President of the Daegu Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association, through the Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network (KUMSN). KUMSN is a non-profit corporation that improves the societal stereotypes and discrimination toward unwed mothers and their children, and develops various activities to support their basic rights as prominent members of our society. Human Asia has been donating to this cause through KUMSN since 2018. We also encourage diverse corporations and individuals to come together against other types of discrimination through donations to protect fundamental human rights. +) Our gifts were met with excitement by children who haven’t been able to feel the usual buzz of the new semester from COVID-19 by social distancing at home! :)
Our Giggle Giggle workshop started with the aims of: learning creativity, independence, and human rights sensitivity through play, creating a more rights-friendly world During the 1st workshop, children from refugee/multicultural backgrounds took part in some exciting activities under the guidance of Miss Malma Divya, who donated her talents to our workshop! * All materials, snacks, etc used in this workshop are provided through donations from our sponsors. * Session 1: Making Our Own Clothes The children produced such different results from the same old T-shirt! This session allowed children to think outside the box and embrace diversity by appreciating difference, and moving away from thinking ‘different’ equals ‘wrong’. Session 2: The World of Possibilities Creating diverse and colourful images from individual scratch & sketches! Just as how these identical black papers transformed into various drawings, the children discovered that similar appearances do not limit the infinite possibilities that lie within! Session 3: My Imaginary Town Brainstorming sessions: what does my town need? Using recycled materials, the children created their own towns with their own imaginary facilities, such as: a protective army, welcoming and relaxing cafés, and even a shape-shifting wrestling ground! Session 4: ‘This is not a pipe’ After reading Rod Clement’s <Just Another Ordinary Day> (a book that sparks great imagination!), the children created their own versions of parts of the book. This session allowed for the children to experience and understand that things are never quite what they seem Session 5: Moving Pictures After watching Flipbook videos, the children made their own stories into flipbooks. Even though we had lots of our exciting stories, making and completing a flipbook turned out to be a lot harder than we imagined. (We encourage children to try again to make their own flip books one day if they have some time on their hands and are looking for something interesting to do!) Regardless of the (lack of) finished products, the children’s attempts to concentrate and their love for their work truly resembles that of an artist (at least to us! :) ) This concludes our progress report for the Giggle Giggle Workshop. We plan on continuing the other five sessions with lots of “giggles” and laughs. This is it for the Giggle Giggle Workshop progress report. We will proceed the rest of five sessions excitingly!
The 2019 Chakma (SNEHA School) Support Projects in India is separated into two parts: 1) SNEHA School facility expansion project supported by our sponsors, 2) educational support projects sponsored by the 2018-19 Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation. Thanks to the love and generosity shown by our supporters on our ‘2019 Fundraising Night,” Human Asia will continue to support SNEHA School in 2020. Please stay tuned for next year's activity updates in 2020. Why Our SNEHA School Project in India Matters The Chakma Education Support Project aims to provide quality education to Chakma children in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The Chakma diaspora are legal immigrants in India and have been present in Arunachal Pradesh since the 1960s, after religious persecution forced them to flee from the Chittagong Hill area. Yet, Chakma children still face discrimination and continuously have been deprived of their right to education. The Chakma people further struggle to access jobs of their choice even in migrant areas, due to suppression from local governments and residents. By supporting SNEHA Schools in Diyun and Vidya Vihar, India, Human Asia hopes that all children in Asia will have access to quality schools and be educated without discrimination, so that they may achieve their dreams. In November 2019, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (also known as the ‘Anti-Muslim Act’ was passed by the Parliament of India. This ‘humanitarian’ law provides a path to Indian citizenship for migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities; from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although Prime Minister Modi stated that the act would lead to ‘no discrimination’ Muslim refugees were not given any type of eligibility to apply for citizenship, inciting massive protests. The Muslim population in India accounts for its second largest religious population; with about 14% of it’s 1.35 billion strong population. However, after Prime Minister Modi was elected from support by the overwhelming majority of Hindus (80%), he received outside criticism for his upfront policies centred on Hindu nationalism. In August, Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which had given special status to Jammu and Kashmir (regions in which many Muslims reside), was also abolished. In response to the ensuing backlash, the Indian government called for tighter controls by imposing an outright ban on protests and cutting off the communications network in the northeast and parts of New Delhi, where many Muslims reside. However, the protests are still ongoing, causing a total of 24 casualties so far. The Chakma have already gained the legal status in India and are not techniically subject to direct discrimination under the law. However, the problem is that the amendment to this law will weaken the Indian secularism of ‘treating all religions in a fair manner’ and incite the potential for open discrimination across the entire society. Human Asia will continue to monitor human rights abuses and discrimination in India with the help of our sponsors in 2020, and help Chakma children to be educated, dream, and grow without discrimination. 2019 SNEHA School Support Project: School Facility Expansion Project India's SNEHA School has been experiencing a transformation: from a temporary facility to a proper school. In 2019, a new office was built to provide high-quality classes by allowing sufficient rest and preparation for teachers. A separate toilet was also constructed for men and women. 2019 India SNEHA School Support Project: 2018-19 Education Support Project Continuing from 2018, the educational support project helped SNEHA School to become a child-rights-friendly school: by providing educational opportunities to children and strengthening teachers' human rights-friendly educational capabilities. In addition to providing necessary education for children, we aimed to provide high-quality education through teacher competency training. This is a crucial task for long-term development, and in establishing the human rights-friendly education base that is unique to Human Asia. -After-school English and human rights classes (for students aged between 12-14, snacks provided) -Teachers’ competency reinforcement training (regular workshop & special workshop) -Creating a human rights-friendly environment (4 principles: 1. Non-discrimination and inclusion; 2. Participation; 3. Responsibility; 4. Empowerment through learning and teaching) *Please refer to the Human Asia's homepage and YouTube for a detailed information of India Chakma Education Support Project Chakma Education support project: http://humanasia.org/?page_id=15391#1552363045773-4dd04f6e-e8d4 Human Asia introduction video: https://youtu.be/x9W96zKU93U
On Tuesday 17 December, Human Asia’s Sponsorship Night was held at Mariaju Square in Seoul. This event allowed us to rewind and reflect on our activities in 2019, and raise funds to support India SNEHA School facilities and class improvement. Over 100 guests participated. The night included magic and entertainment, a raffle, and a sales booth all for to generate funds for the school, and was held under the theme ‘Let’s Light Up the World!’ Human Asia also announced the ‘Vision 2030’ to grow further in the future onwards. Thanks to our guests, we were able to raise over 17 million won. We would like to once again thank everyone who came out to support us, and for your support and belief in human rights. Human Asia will keep striving to create a holistic and inclusive Asia where anyone and everyone can live without discrimination.
On November 10, 2019, Human Asia Children’s School visited the Incheon Lotus Lantern International Meditation Centre to deliver self-made educational children human rights kits. This day held the first Kathina Chavara event for the Jumma people residing in Korea. Human Asia was also invited, and was able to spend time participating in the valuable event. The educational children human rights kits made by the Human Asia Children’s School include self-made guide/workbooks, teaching material, and teaching tools for students to share creative activities and human rights promotion experiences with their fellow students, families, and friends. “Article 2, everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, or other status.” Students willing to take part in the 2019 Universal Declaration of Human Rights reading video by the National Human Rights Commission also participated in the video shoot.
On Saturday July 14, Human Asia and the students from the Human Children’s School went on a field trip to the Children’s Museum of the National Folk Museum of Korea and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History. The children - along with their parents and our staff - were able to learn more about Korea, our regional history and way of life, and the physical foundations of our lives today. The children also learned more about each other from diverse and engaging activities throughout the trip. Human Children’s School is sponsored by the National Human Rights Commission to support children of refugees. For more information, click here.
In June 2019, SNEHA School kicked off its new training program for teachers and school leaders at the start of the new semester. From June 17 to 20, curriculum-based training took place in SNEHA Diyun School. Our second workshop took place in Assam, India on June 24 and 25. With “Making Children-Friendly Schools” as the central topic, the teachers explored various human rights violations that can occur inside the school and classroom, and discussed ways in which schools can create a more children-friendly environment. It is important to give children the opportunity to study, in order to allow children to rightfully acquire their educational rights and receive high-quality education. Yet it is also critical to improve the instructors’ capabilities. In recognition of this, Human Asia has implemented 4 teachers’ empowerment workshops since 2017. As a result, the teachers have become more interested in human rights and their awareness on various human rights issues has likewise increased.
Do you remember the Jumma refugees from Bangladesh, now living here in Korea? Last year on October 5 2018, Human Asia met with some of the Jumma mothers residing in Gimpo. Following that initial meeting, Human Asia has now started a new project with refugee Jumma children in Incheon and Gimpo, ongoing between May and September 2019 with the support of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. These children are often at the very heart of the socially vulnerable in Korea. The ‘Human Children School’ gives these children the chance to learn about a number of different subjects, and to be inspired by academic experts and volunteers from diverse professions and fields. Through learning about different aspects of society, the school helps the children learn more about their own selves and identities. The school further expects to encourage these children to manifest a positive outlook about their futures. Whilst the school is aimed towards children, their mothers too naturally have an important role within the project. During the planning process for the school which began in February, Human Asia met with the childrens’ mothers to organise the project collaboratively. This joint meeting was an opportunity for all those involved to to brainstorm ways to get the kids actively involved in the school, and concluded with the content and schedule of the school being confirmed. Please support Human Asia in our work to create a society where every child can grow up into a happy and healthy citizen!
Human Asia is constructing an office and a bathroom facility at SNEHA School in Bihar, India in order to improve the quality of school environment. SNEHA Bihar School was founded for providing education to Chakma children, as with SNEHA Daiyun School. Currently, approximately 150 students ranging from first grade to eighth grade are studying at this school; to access quality education for children living in remote areas. Students currently take classes in classrooms made of bamboo. The toilets are built with iron plates without a proper roof, making them difficult to use during the rainy season. Since 2018, Human Asia has been preparing for the reconstruction of the school in order to improve the school’s basic infrastructure. Although it was challenging as Bihar is in a very remote region in India, thankfully, we are able to finally start the construction this month. The construction will begin around the beginning of April and will be completed between May and June. We would like to give thanks to all of you who have supported us so far. Current feature of SNEHA Bihar School SNEHA Bihar School's Office Under Construction Post navigation
On March 15, Human Asia visited the Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network (KUMSN) office in Seoul and delivered 100 pieces of women’s apparel donated by MORADO and 40 backpacks donated by Neomio. KUMSN is a non-profit corporation that is engaged in various activities to counter prejudice and discrimination against unmarried mothers and their children in South Korea.
On December 12, Human Asia held its 2018 “12th Anniversary Seminar & Night of the Year” at Kyobo Tower, Gangnam. After President Changrok Soh’s welcoming remarks, the seminar proceeded in two parts: “Educational and Academic Achievements and Challenges” and “Achievements and Areas of Development for our Humanitarian Aid Program”. Yoojin Jung, Daeun Lee and Choyoung Park, program officers of Human Asia, all gave presentations during the seminar, with a panel discussion conducted after each. With the variety of opinion and useful input from those who have supported and worked with Human Asia, the event allowed for us to meaningfully reflect upon all our programs from the last twelve years. It further provided the chance for Human Asia to ponder the future direction of educational business within human rights organizations. After the seminar, our “Night of the Year” kicked off with a bang thanks to a performance from the guitarist Song Sihyun. Hyeyoung Park, Secretary-General of Human Asia, gave a presentation covering both the business report for 2018 and plans for 2019, giving all present a chance to look back on Human Asia’s past whilst looking forward to the opportunities of the new year. The night concluded with our lottery draw, which saw lots of happy faces thanks to our many generous sponsors. Thank you again to everyone who participated in the 2018 Human Asia Seminar and Night of the Year!
From November 16 - 26, Human Asia visited Arunachal Pradesh in India, under the 2018-2019 Chakma Education Support Project. This visit was intended to open a discussion with teachers on the details of project activities, as well as modifying communication channels for more efficient project management. Human Asia has been operating the Chakma Education Support Project since 2017, with the aim of providing quality education to Chakma children who are frequently deprived of the opportunity to receive basic education. Human Asia is working with SNEHA, an NGO founded to tackle such issues in India, in order to improve the learning and teaching environments in SNEHA schools. ▲학교 교사와 사업 논의 ▲ 학생들과의 만남
In celebration of Development Assistance Day, on November 23 Human Asia co-organized “Refugees and Development Cooperation” with Incheon International Development Cooperation Center at Incheon G-Tower. During the forum, refugees, experts and activists from selected fields were invited to discuss the reality of refugee countries and the lives of refugees in South Korea. The event additionally offered film screenings and a ‘talk concert’, where refugees discussed how best to overcome public attitudes centred on pity, and further efforts towards peaceful co-existence.