|It is necessary to know the past in order to understand the present and build a better future. For this reason, the TST project focuses particularly on teacher training, the production of pedagogical material and the organization of regional and international encounters. Some 20 teacher training workshops and seven youth fora have taken place. Educational materials on slavery and the slave trade have been developed and diffused in schools participating in the project and a major web resource for teachers and learners has been launched (in partnership with the NGO Anti-Slavery International and the British Council) ensuring a multiplier effect that goes beyond the project.
The nine-member International TST Task Force advises and guides UNESCO on the development of the project. A similar project concerning the Indian Ocean has also been launched.
The TST project has contributed to preparing 2004 as International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. A poster-calendar has been sent to all 7,500 ASPnet schools. Three preparatory Regional Youth Forums have been held as well as an International Task Force Meeting and an expertsí meeting on educational materials. Many initiatives are foreseen for 2004, including the further development of educational material, the launch of a schools campaign against racism and an International Youth Forum.
To find out more and see examples of ASPnet Projects, consult the TST Web pages.