The Genocide Teaching Project


As part of its commitment to raise awareness about genocide and to end the ongoing violence currently taking place in Sudan, the Center continues to support the Genocide Teaching Project, originally developed by former WCL students Sarah Hymowitz (Marshall-Brennan Alumna) and Amelia Parker.

The Project provides resources to teach about the legal concept of genocide in high schools, including a discussion of the Genocide Convention (1948), a brief overview of genocides that have taken place throughout history, and the types of behavior and actions which may lead to genocide. Our two lesson plans include a 90-minute lesson on the genocide in Rwanda and a 45-minute lesson on the current violence in Darfur, Sudan. After the students learn about these two crises, the lessons conclude by having the students identify actions they can take - both as individuals and as a group - to impact the situation in Sudan and to ensure that genocide does not happen again. Therefore, the Center encourages high school teachers as well as advocates and practitioners to use these lesson plans to teach young people about the need to take responsibility for egregious abuses and to speak out for those with no voice.

Teachers will want to download either the 45-minute lesson on Darfur or the 90-minute lesson on the genocide in Rwanda, which includes the four jigsaw exercise documents. The hand-out with ideas for student activism, as well as the resource page with ideas for continued study/homework, should be distributed to students at the end of the lessons as "take home" resources. Teachers may also wish to download and distribute copies of the Center's resource booklet, The Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide in Our Time, which is a valuable tool for classes contemplating further action or wanting to learn more about the events in Rwanda.

The Center would like to thank the students of the GTP Council, who have worked tirelessly on this project,
for all of their help and support throughout the years.

For more information about the Genocide Teaching Project, please contact the Center at humlaw@wcl.american.edu.