Training

“And our world will get better”

Celebrating the 2014 EarthRights School Mekong Graduates

For 2014, the EarthRights School Mekong hosted 12 students, five men and seven women, including indigenous rights activists, land rights campaigners, documentary film makers, and young human rights lawyers. This year’s students were a particularly diverse group, representing twelve ethnic Mekong River communities.

The students go on to fight problematic mining projects, help communities displaced by massive hydropower projects, and many other earth rights violations.

Forum Theatre Games

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are the rights indigenous peoples to participate in decision making about issues impacting them, such as development projects and natural resource management. This video is supported by Oxfam and complements Oxfam's Trainer's Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).  

Forum Theatre: Strengthening Community Understanding of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are the rights indigenous peoples to participate in decision making about issues impacting them, such as development projects and natural resource management. This video is supported by Oxfam and complements Oxfam's Trainer's Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).  

Mining Workshop for Civil Society Leaders in Myanmar

Rapid development in mining in Myanmar is putting communities at risk. Pollution, inhumane business and labor practices, and violence are some of the many issues . . .

Pozzolan Mine Wearing out the People of Mt. Popa

“I have to eat my lunch so late so that I will not be hungry again in the evening,” the woman herding cattle told me . . .

The Victims of a Mega Development Project

On a cool day during the rainy season, I visited a village that had recently been relocated due to a large-scale development project. On my . . .

Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC)

Position: Volunteer English Teacher

Location: Ban Nai Soi, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Duration: Minimum of 3 months, up to 40 hours/week.

Start date: 28th November 2014.

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Do development projects bring happiness?

Mekong
Based on my own experience working closely to development projects, I have realized that there are different definitions of development and happiness. From the government’s . . .

Mother Somboun: A Happy Life on the Moun River

Mother Somboun
“For me, development is not about modernization. It is not about new technologies and modern materials. For me, development comes from inside the heart—what I . . .

Students Embark on Social Justice Field Study

The EarthRights School Mekong students spent the last two weeks of August preparing for their field research. After a class on research methodology, students heard from two female alumni on women’s security issues while doing fieldwork in politically sensitive areas, based on their experiences.  Students chose a research topic that centered on on-going earth rights issues in their home country, and developed a comprehensive research proposal.

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