Agencies For International Education (AIDE)
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2626

AGENCIES FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION is a coalition of eight international development agencies: CUSO, IDEA Centre, the Marquis Project, the Mennonite Central Committee, the Red Cross Society, UNICEF , the United Nations Association, and the YMCA. Formed in January 1981, its aim is "to help young Manitobans develop a critical awareness about development to the end that understanding, careing and action will result."

AIDE's first major venture was the "World in the Classroom" conference held in January, 1982, in Winnipeg. Two hundred and fifty people attended, most of them teachers. Conference topics included: The world food crisis; education in the global village classroom; people's technology; human rights; economic roads to development; the mass media; schooling in a multi-cultural society; community organizing and development; within Canada, and experiemental strategies for developing education. Conference sponsors included Canadian International Development Agency, the Manitoba Department of Education, the Manitoba Social Science Teachers' Association and the Manitoba Teachers' Society.

The conference sparked an increase in requests to AIDE members for their services and resources. Future plans include a series of mini-conferences during the 1982-83 school year (primarily in rural and northern Manitoba), regular articles in the journal published by the Manitoba Science Teachers' Association, and the production of a resource catalogue that will be made available to school resource centres and libraries.

Membership in AIDE is open to members of he Manitoba Council for International Co-operation.

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