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Dr. Fouad M. EL-Harazin, President <alaqsau46@yahoo.com>

Mrs.Effie Dracopoulos Boikos <effie.dracopoulos@mcgill.ca>

Emma Kiselyova <ekiselyova@uoc.edu>

Steven Donahue <donahue.steven@gmail.com>


Dear Fouad:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I
and II) in response to our following paper;

Takeshi Utsumi, P. Tapio Varis, and W. R. Klemm
"Creating Global University System
"
http://tinyurl.com/sfgm7


I. Creation of GUS/Palestine/Gaza Strip:

(2) Pls follow my suggestions to create GUS/Palestine/Gaza Strip mentioned in my following previous list distribution;

(03/21/07) Possible creation of GUS/Palestine/Gaza Strip and Peace Gaming
http://tinyurl.com/2wmeyt


II. English as Second Language (ESL) Program:

(3) For your attempt to create “English as Second Language (ESL)” course,

(a) pls visit the following paper;

Effie Dracopoulos, McGill University
"E-Learning ESL
: Bringing the World Together"
http://tinyurl.com/33vgzt

 

This is in our following book;

Global Peace Through The Global University System
Tapio Varis - Takeshi Utsumi - William Klemm (Eds.)
University of Tampere, Finland 2003
ISBN 951-44-5695-5
The entire contents of this book can be retrieved at;
http://tinyurl.com/kofpf

In the bottom line of this page, you can find the following;
“Interview with Takeshi Utsumi” by Parker Rossman


(b) Pls visit the following paper;

Ernest, Pauline (2003) Factors which facilitate effective on-line learning.  English courses at the UOC.  Retrieved June 12, 2003 from: http://www.uoc.edu/dt/20202/index.html

 

This was referenced in the following paper;

Josep M Duart and Emma Kiselyova, Open University of Catalonia
"The Open University of Catalonia: A Local-Global University Model"
http://tinyurl.com/2k6xv9

 

This paper was in our book mentioned above.


(c) Pls visit the following web site of our ESL project proposal;

Proposal for an On-Line Corporate English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
<Proposal-Draft #9-4-13-01 copy.doc> <http://tinyurl.com/2o42bp>.

 

In this proposal, you may be interested in learning Seven Donahue’s ESL program — BTW, he taught Arabic to the US Army personnel who had to go to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The uniqueness of his teaching is to analyze learner’s pronunciation with audio file which the learner would send back to him, so that interactive corrections at a face-to-face classroom can be enacted.


(d) You may also contact the following person;

Elena Lenskaya
Assistant Director
Education and English Language Teaching
BRITISH COUNCIL Russia
British Council, VGBIL, UI. Nikoloyamskaya 1
Moscow 109189, Russia
T +7495 782 0200
mob: 495-792-2556
F +7 495 782 0201
lena.lenskaya@britishcouncil.ru
www.britishcouncil.ru

 

I visited her in early last September.  She has a fast track ESL for Russian.  She may be able to introduce you to similar program for Arabic/Israeli at her headquarters in London with some financial support.


III. Fund Raising:

(4) For your fund raising you may visit the following web sites;

(a) USEFUL INTERNET SITES FOR GRANTSEEKERS
http://tinyurl.com/l99vd

This would require time-consuming, tedious web search.


(b) Comparison of Application Form of Grass Root Fund of Japanese Government
http://tinyurl.com/2lb958

This provides about US$100,000 for K-12 education and NGO activities.


(5) Prof. Negroponte of MIT said during a session at the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) of ITU in Tunisia, Tunis in November 2005 that each national language would become the so-called “boutique” language, and English would become the lingua franca.

For example, till almost a century and a half ago, Japan had about 50 provinces.  At each of them, feudalistic lord presided.  The capital of each of them had very narrow streets with many T corners to confuse enemies when they invaded the town.  Residents of each provinces were encouraged to speak their unique dialects, so that spies from other provinces would easily be recognized by their way of talking dialects.

After they were integrated by Meiji Restoration government and specially after the proliferation of radio, however, all Japanese started speaking the so-called standard Japanese language which was stemmed on the dialect in Tokyo area.

Japanese news paper web site recently reported that girls of affluent families now prefer to speak such old, traditional local dialects to show-off, as if they were using boutique handbags, etc.


Anyway, English is an absolute necessity for collaboration for mutual understanding and hence global peace.

I wish you a very good luck to your noble endeavor.

Pls feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Best, Tak


ATTACHMENT I

 

From: FOUAD EL-HARAZIN <alaqsau46@yahoo.com>
Date:
Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:32:33 -0700 (PDT)
To:
"Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D." <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc:
<elharazin@gmail.com>
Subject:
Re: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computer -Peace e-Learning Initiative/ Pilot Project

 

Prof. Takeshi Utsumi,
Prof. P. Tapio Varis,
Prof. W. R. Klemm
Subject: Pilot Project of Palestinian-Israeli High School students'
             at The Global University System (GUS)

Š         Our primary objective is the dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli youth, later on expand to the entire region. Based on the existing political, cultural, social, economic and psychological constraints, we recommend the indirect approach strategy at this stage.

Š         I proposed and raised Destination In Mind, I am ready, and always ready for peace Ųmaking between Palestinian and Israeli within my ability. We would like to bring to The Global University System (GUS)- Takeshi Utsumi, P. Tapio Varis, W. R. Klemm and others, our lessons learned from Israeli-Palestinian partners for several years of practically implementing the concepts of "Peace through Education" and of "Cross-Cultural Learning Networks", with educational programs among Muslim and Jewish High School students, in accordance with the conference two major focuses : cross-border collaboration in e-learning and technology-enabled education as a catalyst for positive educational change.

Š         At The Global University System (GUS) we would like to present the deliverables of the first stage of an ongoing collaborative project (Pilot Project English Language Connection Initiative) with students from Gaza, Israel (from both the Arab and the Jewish sectors), together with students from Finland, in order to ignite a positive educational change in other regional communities, based on our educational model and previous "proof of concept" pilot projects.

Š          
We are  building a social gated web community of learners, combining inquiry-based collaborative learning of a common theme (Urban / Rural Environment), digital media and e-Learning pedagogy. We want to enable each student ( the gifted and especially the underserved ) to potentiate his/her higher order thinking skills, develop scientific awareness and acquire the literacies for the 21st century.

Š         It's extremely important to establish a common "real vision" to move forward toward the Palestinian-Israeli English Language e-Learning Initiative.

Š         We are aware of the fact that we have to find funding third parties with less than $200K /academic year and ready to send you a proposal.

Š         We appreciate your support in our Palestinian-Israeli regional project.

Best regards,
 Fouad


ATTACHMENT II

 

From: FOUAD EL-HARAZIN <alaqsau46@yahoo.com>
Date:
Wed, 28 Mar 2007 11:57:06 -0700 (PDT)
To:
<utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc:
<elharazin@gmail.com>
Subject:
A pilot e-Learning program connecting Palestinian and Israeli youth-English   Language Connection curriculum Project-Promoting for Peace

 

Prof. Takeshi Utsumi,
Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
  
I would be grateful if you advice me on how to spread "To Whom It May Concern" to find funders for less than $200K on this subject.
 
Subject:
A pilot e-Learning program connecting Palestinian and Israeli youth-English   Language Connection curriculum Project-Promoting for Peace
  
Hello every bodies with warm feeling.
  
We believe that multi-media language and quality communication can bridge the present wide gulfs between diverse peoples and change the direction of history with peace and hope; respect with dignity.
  
I hope that you will help the Palestinian and Israeli students to strength peace effort by making “English Language connections project
” to be real not just vision between the people –to- people.
  
In Israeli and Palestinian societies, where today nearly 50% of the total populations are children, education is the only long-term, realistic, and sustainable means for building genuine peace.  Educational programs fostering multicultural awareness, developing interpersonal cross-group empathy between Palestinian and Israeli youth are necessary preconditions in order for the current divisive and violent regional conflict to be replaced by a culture of peace and understanding.
  
In nowadays pluralistic societies with ethno-cultural different communities and specifically in regions of protracted violent conflicts -education paves the way to peace and coexistence.  At the same time the implementation of any educational activity requires a certain level of cross-group communication and peaceful settings.  In order to break that vicious circle, educators from Israel , the Palestinian Territories, have joined together to implement a specially designed educational program.  
  
The program creates alternative learning environments, facilitates different channels of communication, develops proficiencies in a common “neutral language” (English) and builds separate new (virtual) community of learners within a constructivist and a collaborative pedagogical framework.
  
Dedicated local tutors ignite and maintain the whole process. Sometimes only NGOs and individuals with vision can act as change agents in complex social / political situations.
  
We propose a pilot project to reach over 600 junior high school and high school mainstream students in diverse educational communities throughout Israel (both from the Arab and the Jewish sectors), Gaza , and the West Bank , during the 2006-2007 academic year.
  
The pilot project is based on the Language Connections’ educational model, which stresses inter-group dialogue, the use of technology, and core contact conditions.  This educational approach has been shown to effectively overcome great divisions, violence, and hatred among Middle-Eastern students, and has been successfully implemented over the last five years in Israeli (Muslim Arab and Jewish) and Palestinian schools and educational centers.
  
Implementation of the pilot project will be thoroughly documented and evaluated and will serve as a valuable analytical tool for the next stages of the project.
  
Upon your request,  I am ready to send you email “Project description with objectives, with method of curriculum, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Facilitating Environment, Pedagogical Framework, Core Conditions, Timeframe and Budget with summary of Expenses with private online educational for platform for peace education e-learning”
 
Our team
 
Dr. Fouad M. El-Harazin, The Palestinian Coordinator.
  

Dr. Fouad M. El-Harazin (http://www.gifpeace.org <http://www.gifpeace.org/>) is the President and founder of the Gaza International Foundation for Peace. He is also the Director of the Palestinian National Research Center. MIT Partnership of Collaborative Cross-Cultural e-Learning.

 
Gal Springman, The Project Coordinator and the Israeli coordinator.
  

Gal Springman (http:// www.snowblog.net <http://www.snowblog.net/>) is the Executive Director and founder of Language Connections, a peace-seeking non-profit organization implementing educational initiatives in Israeli and Palestinian schools.  Gal has a Masters degree in Multilingual and Multicultural Education (M. Ed) and more than 20 years experience as a teacher and developer of learning materials.

 
Professor Richard C. Larson (MIT), Project Advisor
  

Professor Richard C. Larson (http://linc.mit.edu <http://linc.mit.edu/>)
Founder and Executive Director, MIT LINC
Mitsui Professor, MIT Engineering Systems Division

 
Thank you,
  
Dr. Fouad M. EL-Harazin, President
Gaza International Foundation for Peace on Earth (GIFPE)
Director of International Programs of The National Research Center (NRC)
MIT Partnership of Collaborative Cross-Cultural e-Learning
Gaza Strip, Gaza City- Palestinian Authority
P. O. Box: 5340
Tel/Fax: +970 8 282 4157 (office, some countries use 972)
Mobile: +970 599 33 44 13 (some countries use 972)
Email: alaqsau46@yahoo.com


List of Distribution


Dr. Fouad M. EL-Harazin, President
Gaza International Foundation for Peace on Earth (GIFPE);
Director of International Program of the4 National Research center (NRC);
Al-Azhar University-Gaza Strip; and
Partnership-Greater Middle East e-Learning Initiative of-
Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC)
Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT)/Partnership of Collaborative Cross-Cultural e-Learning
<http://linc.mit.edu>
Palestinian Authority-Gaza Strip
P. O. Box: 5340
Tel/Fax: +970 8 282 4157 (office, some countries use 972)
Mobile: +970 599 334413 (some countries use 972)
alaqsau46@yahoo.com
elharazin@gmail.com
http:/www.alazher-gaza.edu
http://www.alazhar.org/english/index.htm
http://www.gifpeace.org/Background.htm

Mrs.Effie Dracopoulos Boikos
Program Coordinator
Part-Time English Program (Credit)
WebCt & Special Project
English and French Language Programs
Center for Continuing Education (CCE)
McGill University
688 Sherbrooke West, Suite 1181
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3R1
(514) 398 1201
Fax: 514-398-1769
effie.dracopoulos@mcgill.ca
www.mcgill.ca/conted-english
www.mcgill.ca/eflp

Emma Kiselyova
International Relations
Catalunyan Open University
Univesitat Oberta de Catalunya
Barcelona, Spain
ekiselyova@uoc.edu
www.uoc.edu

Steven Donahue
Broward Community College
1128 N. 16Th Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33020
954-927-8807
cell: 954-701-1561
(678) 275-6952--Demo
donahue.steven@gmail.com
sdonahue@mdcc.edu
sdonah01@bellsouth.net
sdonahue@broward.cc.fl.us
http://www.10tongues.com
http://www.glearner.com
http://fs.broward.cc.fl.us/~sdonahue
http://www.languagemagazine.com -- Language Magazine
http://www.erepublic.com/publications/gt/2000/sept/departments/eCommerceSLF.shtm


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* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA                           *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.)          *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education           *
* Founder and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of                         *
*   Global University System (GUS)                                            *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-5913, U.S.A.                        *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Email: utsumi@columbia.edu                               *
* http://www.itu.int/wsis/goldenbook/search/display.asp?Quest=8032562&lang=en *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/                                     *
* Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676                                                   *
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