Education is the foundation of peace.
WHO WE ARE
ALPHA Education is a non-profit and registered charity in Canada that promotes a critical-historical inquiry of World War II in Asia that contributes to peace and reconciliation.
Founded in 1997, ALPHA Education's mission is a commitment to humanity and global peace. This commitment is achieved through four strategic directions: engaging students and educators, empowering youth, supporting research, and connecting with communities.
ALPHA Education programs, events, and initiatives aim to develop the values of humanity, equity, and diversity. By representing and reflecting the human side of the history in our education work, contemporary issues such as racism, discrimination and hate, gender bias and violence, ethics and empathy, identity and belonging are explored.
ALPHA Education sees the significance of establishing a museum dedicated to educating the younger generations the values of humanity and peace, giving voice to the victims and survivors of WWII in Asia, remembering the atrocities committed so that they are not repeated. The Asia Pacific Peace Museum, located at the centre of Toronto, will be opened to the public by the end of 2023.
2022-2023 ALPHA Education Webinar Series: Contested Histories, Webinar 2
The third webinar of our 2022-23 Speaker Series will take place on February 16, 2023. This webinar will highlight alternative voices on dimensions of women's resistance against violence and humiliation. Themes of militarism, patriarchy, and social disablism will be examined.
Lily Kim is a disability and refugee advocate. She has served at Women's Community House, Romero and Global House (CCLC), Holocaust Education Week, UJA Federation’s Toronto Holocaust Museum, and is an ALPHA Education Board member.
Shadows of Racism, Voices UnHeard
Victims of racism have a long history of being silenced. Racism causes social isolation and divisions among individuals and communities. The Shadows of Racism, Voices UnHeard 2022-2024 project believes in engaging communities, education, and the creative arts. Learning from community embodied knowledge and perspectives, students will develop videos and produce art works to interrogate and reflect on the causes and consequences of discrimination. Students will, at the same time, deepen their understanding of the rich possibilities within diversity, intrinsic to Canadian identity. This project brings individuals and communities together, moves us emotionally, and alters our sense of self with others, and social justice agency.
2023 Summer Internship
ALPHA Education offers an eight-week full internship or a six-week audit internship to international and Canadian students. The internship program promotes critical inquiry of World War II in Asia and connections to current issues on humanity and global peace. Interns in the full program will complete a research project in an area of their interest that at the same time contributes to ALPHA Education's various programs and initiatives. By representing and reflecting the human side of the history throughout the internship, contemporary issues such as racism, gender violence, and ethics and empathy are explored.
Stand Against Racism Workshops
The workshops provide authentic conversations, creating possibilities for unlearning racism and inclusion in diversity. To quote Eduard Glissant "our differences are no longer considered proof of an irreconcilable fact, but as part of what relates us, makes us beautiful, complex and creative." Once the conversations are held, they cannot be silenced. They question the legacy of racism, changing mindsets, and influencing behaviours, practices, and policies. The workshops celebrate self-worth and identities of racialized communities as equal members of and an asset to Canadian society.
iHistory Meets Humanity
iHMH consists of virtual workshops covering topics & issues on WW2 in Asia. By analyzing events and people, students will learn about untold histories, and their connections to racism, violence against women, forced labour, displacement, fragmentation of communities, social justice activism and more. Critical historical thinking, perspectives-taking, and empathy are fostered as we face the inhumanity of history as well as the humanitarian efforts during the war. Readings and film clips will be provided to teachers for student pre-learning to contextualize the workshop or as post-workshop follow-up.
2022 Summer Internship
Humanity education lies at the core of ALPHA Education's mission. This summer program focuses on developing critical understanding of the history of WWII in Asia by addressing issues of humanity. Additionally, it offers unique opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students who are interested in the study and/or research on the history of WWII in Asia, which includes experiential project-based learning that develops historical thinking and explores social change.
2022-2023 Global Scholarship Program Global Engagement Internship at ALPHA Education
In partnership with the Global Scholars Program (GSP) at the University of Michigan, ALPHA Education is happy to welcome undergraduate students from various academic disciplines to participate in their Global Engagement internship, with the focus on global issues through historical perspectives. Students will learn the work of ALPHA Education as a non-profit charitable organization, the history of WWII in Asia, and work collaboratively on several projects to improve the work of ALPHA Education and the WongAvery Asia Pacific Peace Museum.