The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) today announced its new Educator‐in‐Residence program, designed to foster and support the development of human rights educational programs for youth learners, both onsite and online. The program is also intended to create ongoing educational linkages between the Museum and public school divisions that support human rights learning.
Teacher Graham Lowes begins his role this week as the Museum's first Educator in Residence until the end of the 2017–18 school year. His projects will include developing digital human rights learning modules that can be delivered online, as well as supporting and enhancing established onsite school programs.
Lowes is a Middle Years teacher in the Louis Riel School Division, where he taught for five years at Frontenac and H.S. Paul schools. He is passionate about creating authentic learning environments where students are challenged to develop solutions to real‐world problems. His teaching tools range from Skype interviews with experts around the globe to lessons with hammer and nails. He has experience in video production, design, furniture making, social services, re‐forestation and construction. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Bachelor of Education degree.
The CMHR's educational offerings include a slate of onsite school‐visit programs for classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, encompassing eight different programs and four unique tours. Since the Museum opened in 2014, more than 85,000 students have participated in these programs. The Museum also hosts a Summer Institute for educators and offers a number of online resources for classroom‐based activities about human rights.