ESD Hosts Distinguised Panel on Landmine Education

Panel Organized by ESD Alumna Capera Clement ’99

DALLAS, Texas, January 26 – On January 25, ESD’s Center for Global Citizenship was pleased to host Capera Clement ’99, Program Manager, U.S. – U.N. Relations of the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), and a panel of distinguished guests who spoke on the subject of landmine eradication in former warzones. The attention of students and faculty members alike was rapt as they learned how this esteemed panel’s organizations are collaborating to dispose of wars’ explosive remnants. Members of the panel included Ambassador Bui the Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations; Mr. Han-Ching Liu, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office; Mr. Kurt Chesko, Vice President, The HALO Trust USA; Mr. Bob Stokes, PeaceTrees Vietnam; and Mr. Michael Blood, Program Manager, Mine Action.

The visit to Dallas and ESD was in conjunction with HDI’s Mine Action Awareness Tour. United Nation Ambassadors, diplomats from mine-affected countries, and non-governmental organizations focused on mine action are working together to educate academic institutions on the steps being taken by the United States and the international community to eliminate landmines. This life-saving program is made possible through a grant from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, the U.S. Department of State, and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and was initiated in Seattle, Washington in November 2009. This trip marks their second to Dallas.

Head of Upper School, Erin Mayo said of the event, “Not only did about 50 freshman and sophomore history students gain uncommon, firsthand insight into the lingering effects of war in a region that they study, but they also witnessed an ESD alumna’s commitment to global service. I’m so glad that Capera included us on her panel’s tour of Dallas.”

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Posted by Julie Clardy