August 16, 2017

<Mennonite Central Committee UN Office - Doug Hostetter>

On August 2, 2017, APPA interns paid a visit to Doug Hostetter, the Director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office. We had lunch together and were invited to his office at the United Nations Plaza, New York. 

Hostetter worked as a Mennonite Central Committee staff in Tam Ky, Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. During the Vietnam war, he served as a key figure of the Vietnam Peace movement with the Mennonites. After witnessing the harsh brutality and atrocities of war, he made a resolution to work for the people who suffered from the conflicts of warfare. 

Hostetter focuses on the areas of conflict in areas such as North Korea, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. The main efforts of the UN MCC office include connecting MCC staff with UN diplomats and ambassadors and promoting campaigns or programs that can contribute to peacebuilding in those countries. He also mentioned that the UN MCC is rooted in the understanding th...

August 15, 2017

<Britain Turns to Chinese Textbooks to Improve Its Math Scores>
By Amy Qin
August 5, 2017

Under a government-backed initiative in Britain, more than half the primary schools in England will adopt a teaching approach to math that is used in top-scoring places like Shanghai and Singapore. 

Starting in upcoming January, British schools will have the option of using "Real Shanghai Mathematics," a series of 36 translated textbooks that are otherwise all but identical to those in public elementary schools around Shanghai.

Experts say England is the first country to implement a bold government-backed plan on such an educational adoption. 

The teaching method, known as the "mastery" approach, is based on the idea that all students can succeed in learning mathematics

when given proper instruction. Rather than describing a concept and assigning problems to solve individually, the mastery method is more interactive, in which students are expected to precisely explain both solutions and underlying prin...

August 14, 2017

On August 1, 2017, APPA UN Interns participated in the Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs event at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The event was co-hosted by DPI and NGO/DPI Executive Committee. The following report was written by one of the interns that attended the event, Haeun Hong. 

​지속가능한 개발목표에 관한 세대 간 대화 (Intergenerational Dialogues on the SD​Gs)

2017년 8월 1일, 뉴욕 유엔본부에서 열린 지속가능한 개발목표에 관한 세대 간 대화Intergenerational Dialogues on the SDGs행사에 APPA인턴들이 참석하였다. 

유엔 공보국DPI과 비정부기구/공보국 집행위원회NGO/DPI Executive Committee가 공동 주최한 이 행사는 유엔이 지정한 17개의 지속가능한 개발목표Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)를 달성하기 위해 젊은 세대와 기성 세대가 어떻게 협력해야 하는지에 관한 토론의 장이었다. 

지속가능한 개발이란 경제성장 위주의 발전에 반하는 개념으로, 경제적 성장과 함께 환경보전, 사회 통합의 조화를 통해 지속가능한 사회를 구현하고자 하는 성장 패러다임이다. 

유엔 사무총장 안토니오 구테헤스António Guterres는 영상에서 지속가능한 개발목표를 실현하는 데 있어 젊은 세대와 기성 세대의 지식, 경험, 에너지, 이상이 중요하다는 것을 강조하며, 세대 간 지속되어 온 빈곤의 대물림을 해소하고 후세에도 이러한 변화를 지속시키기 위해 이 자리에 모인 사람들이 기여할 수 있기를 격려하였다. 

오전 10시부터 오후 6시까지 진행된 이 행사는 오전 세션인 1부와 오후 세션인...

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