Education Under Fire
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:30pm
URI Multicultural Center, Computer Room (downstairs) 74 Lower College Road,
In 1987, after being barred by their government from Iranian universities because of their faith, the Baha'is organized the Baha'i Institute for Higher Learning (BIHE). The BIHE is a decentralized network of teachers delivering college level classes in kitchens and living rooms across Iran. It came under attack most recently in May 2011, when Iranian officials raided thirty Bahá'i homes and arrested over a dozen teachers and administrators. Those arrested were neither political nor religious leaders. They were lecturers in subjects like accounting and dentistry who, today, face the prospect of decades in prison.
For more information visit www.educationunderfire.com/ and learn how individuals, such as many Nobel Peace Laureates and many communities around the world are focusing on these longstanding abuses of basic human rights. Do check out the above website and consider signing the online petition.
Everyone is welcome to this free event. Discussion will follow the 30-minute film.
What can we as individuals, organizations, and educational communities do to help end these violations of the basic human right to education?
Sponsored by: URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, URI’s Multicultural Center, URI Chaplains Association, the South Kingstown Baha’i community, URI – AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), Amnesty International (URI), Interfaith Peace Community, URI Honors Program.
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