Application for 2009 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School GAHRFS

Linked with The May 18 Memorial Foundation, and with 2009 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Announcement.

Received by e-mail:
From: 518 Foundation
Date: 29 Jun 2009

The May 18 Memorial Foundation Accepts Application for 2009 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

“I recognized that the power of small individuals could forge and unite in solidarity to bring about the constructive change to the world. Eventually, Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School  (GAHRFS) was a true moral blessing and encouragement to me”  a reflection made by Ms. Ratchada Arpornsilp, participant from Thailand 2007.  

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2009 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School. This year, the application is being made more competitive to screen the number of applications. The emphasis is organizational partnership, so applicants endorsed by their organization will be given priority. Since the foundation will not be able to provide multiple translations, English language will be the medium for exchange.

The GAHRFS aims to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. Twenty (20) participants will be selected from among applicants from all over Asia who have been working for human rights, peace and democracy. They will be given an opportunity to learn and experience the history and development process of human rights and democracy in Korea(S). The folk school will also serve as an opportunity for participants to exchange and network with other human rights activists.

One of the perks of attending the Folk School is the opportunity to be endorsed for a scholarship. For the last 3 years the foundation has been supporting scholars at Sungkonghoe University studying for their Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies (MAINS). They were chosen and selected by the folk school committee based on their active participation and performance during the folk school.

Interested applicants should e-mail their interest, we’ll send them the application form. Applicants are advised to read carefully the guidelines and the rules in order for their application to be considered. The foundation will only accept and consider applicants who will properly comply with the set guidelines and rules.

Useful Information:

  • Period: August 30 – September 19, 2009;

This year the foundation will accept 20 applicants:

  • Junior Staff 8 (with 2-5 years experience),
  • Middle Management/Advisory 8 (with 5-15 years experience),
  • Senior/Director 4 (with more than 15 years experience).

Applicants should ensure that they have no potential visa problems. If an applicant is denied entry to Korea because of personal history which they did not disclose to the May 18 Memorial Foundation, the foundation will absolutely not cover their travel expenses. This is the applicant’s responsibility.

If an applicant later decides not to come to the folk school (cancels their application) after they have been selected, the May Memorial Foundation will not accept any applications from their organization for three years.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation will cover the following expenses:

  • Visa fees, International airfare to Korea,
  • Transportation in Korea.

NOTE: Internal airfares (in your country) will be covered if you can prove that the flight is necessary.

The following expenses will NOT be covered:

  • Internal transportation in your country (for example, to the airport or to the embassy),
  • Official fees other than visa fees (for example, travel tax).

The selection committee may change your status if they believe you have entered under the wrong category (for example, if you apply as a senior but have less than 15 years experience).

We look forward to your application! Kind regards, Subash Adhikari, Chloe Simons, International Officers
Culture and Solidarity Team.
Addresses: The May 18 Memorial Foundation, 5.18 Memorial Culture Hall, Seo-Gu, Sangmudong 1268, Postcode  502-260, Gwangju, Republic of Korea, Phone: +82 62 456 0518, Fax. +82 62 456 0519, e-mail.


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