Teacher Training Workshop on Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees
Sat, February 23, 2013 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM • Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)
The greater Austin area is experiencing an influx of refugees who have been through decades of struggle, transit and discrimination in the Himalayan region. Many of those arriving have been living in refugee camps for more than a decade, including large numbers of youth. There are currently more than 500 Bhutanese-Nepali refugees in Austin, many of whom have spent their entire lives in the camps, knowing little of the history of migration, but with important stories to tell. Our workshop seeks to inform Austin-area educators about the plight of these refugees, and provide them with information about this community and the history and culture of the Himalayan region.
This workshop is designed for all K-12 educators interested in producing young global citizens in central Texas, who have cultural knowledge and awareness of theHimalayan region of South Asia and diaspora/refugee populations in their own communities. This training event will be especially useful for ESL educators, and other teachers, who have Bhutanese-Nepali refugee students in their classrooms and wish to be more successful educating them. But the workshop also will interest to social studies teachers, in that it addresses Texas and national social studies standards cover that the meaning of the meaning of citizenship and the ways in which cultures change and maintain continuity due to the impact of general processes such as migration, political conflict and the diffusion of ideas.