Transborder Initiative for Tolerance and Human Rights

A Brief History

Initially, Globea evolved from an informal initiative of a core group of teachers and educators from Central Europe and South Africa who formed a special interest group at the international seminar "Teachers For Tolerance and Cultural Pluralism" (Prague, February 1999.) Preparations of the follow-up events led to the formation of a new NGO, Globea. The second annual international seminar "Tolerance, Respect and Human Rights", that was held in January 2000 in Prague, was attended by 138 delegates from more than twenty countries.
The project was initiated and notably, twice supported by the Global Security Fellows Initiative Regional Initiative Programme of the University of Cambridge, UK*.

* Global Security Fellows Initiative was an action research program at the University of Cambridge, UK, that has brought together professionals and academics from Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Africa, who aim to contribute to the quality and sustainability of social and physical environments in the world. More details available at

Aims and Mission

The mission of the Globea initiative is:

  • To encourage tolerance and understanding among people belonging to different ethnic groups, races, nationalities, religions, cultures, social backgrounds and other minorities that face discrimination.
  • Essentially based on the principle of justice, non-violence and observance of human rights, Globea, seeks to promote active participation of citizens who will be responsible in the managing of public matters and building of a civil society.

To fulfil the goals the association aim to:

  • Through a systematic activity create and support an international network of teachers and educators, in the broadest sense. Such candidates will endeavour to build a future community with the goal of exchanging information and experience that would give mutual support and influence both the public, as well as the legislative and executive bodies on the local, regional and global levels.
  • Organise meetings, seminars, conferences, lectures and courses for teachers, civil servants, media, and public with the goal of transmitting positive experience and good practices to other regions or countries.
  • Publish books and other materials dealing with the issue of tolerance, multiculturalism, inclusion, fair opportunities, anti-discrimination practices, human rights etc.
  • Organise cultural, social and educational events according to the mission of the association.
  • Influence positively educational policies and practices including curriculum, educational materials, methods and in-service teacher training.

Executive Board

Laura Laubeová – Chairperson, Prague, Czech Republic

Ms. Laura Laubeová is an independent researcher in the field of ethnic minorities; and a part time lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague, focusing on inter-ethnic relations, equal opportunity policies, and anti-discrimination practice. She also works on her PhD in Public Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Prague. She has lectured at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh (UK), Technikon Natal, and Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa). Previously she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, U.K. She also served as Executive Director in the New School Foundation.

Eva Krczmářová, Prague, Czech Republic

Ms. Eva Krczmářová is a PhD candidate at the University of Economics in Prague. She also studies at the Institute of International Studies at the Charles University. In 1999 she has co-organised the Students Forum 2000 and participated at the Forum 2000 as an observer. She co-ordinated the second Globea seminar in January 2000.

Jana Krczmářová, Prague, Czech Republic

Ms. Jana Krczmářová graduated at the Faculty of the International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague. Currently, she studies at the Institute of International Studies at the Charles University. In 1999 she has co-organised the Students Forum 2000 and participated at the Forum 2000 as an observer. Currently she is a Vice-chairman of Globea and co-ordinates its international projects.

Zdenka Mašková, Příbram, Czech Republic

Ms. Zdenka Mašková is a high school teacher in English, Russian and Italian. She is also the director of the Regional Human Rights Education Center at Gymnazium Příbram, Czech Republic. Lived in Yugoslavia in 1988-1990, was teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) at a high school in Maryland, USA (J. W. Fulbright High School Teacher Exchange Program) in the 1997-1999 academic year and gained a scholarship to study Italian at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy, in 1999.

Elisabeth Thompson, Durban, South Africa

Ms. Liz Thompson is the Co-ordinator of the Czech- South African Linkage for the project on cross- cultural translation, an initiative supported by the Eastern Sea Board Association and the National Research Foundation, in South Africa, and the South African Embassy, in Prague. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Zululand and has presented papers at 10 International Conferences and has 5 Published articles.

Ludmila Horáková, Prague, Czech Republic

Ms. Ludmila Horáková is a founder and executive director of Bohemia Corps, a Czech NGO that actively supports and promotes volunteerism in the Czech society, and helps the civic society to develop and stay stable. Previously, she worked in the American government organization Peace Corps as Associate Director, she was responsible for all the educational projects in the country. She is originally a teacher of Czech and English as foreign languages.

Štěpánka Maňhalová, Prague, Czech Republic

Ms Štěpánka Maňhalová is the Executive Director of the SPUSA Education Centre since 1993. SPUSA is a non profit organization providing language courses, mostly English, and organizing and supporting educational projects for public, such as Literature Contest, Education for Tolerance, Peace Education… She works as a volunteer at Bohemia Corps especially at the volunteer's project.

Marina Dimitrova Stefanova, Sofia, Bulgaria

Ms. Stefanova is currently a Law Student at the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. She has graduated from the Free Faculty, University of Sofia, where she specialized in "Administrative Management" and "Business Management". She also studied a two year distance learning course on "English and EU law", University of Cambridge, UK. She works as an associated trainee in the Bulgarian Parliament , her duties include preparation of draft laws in accordance with the introduction of the EU legislation in Bulgarian law. She has also worked as a mediator in the Arbitrary Court of Sofia, as well as for other organisations, such as Partners Foundation Bulgaria, and Partnership.

Advisory Board

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, United Kingdom

Mrs. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to the United Kingdom in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975 and then went into teaching adults, particularly immigrants and refugees. Since 1985 she has been a journalist writing for The guardian, New Statesman and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books. Since 1996 she has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, which published her most recent book, True Colours on the role of government on racial attitudes. She is a member of the Home Office Race Forum and advises various key institutions on race matters. She was recently appointed Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK.

Anna-Mária Bíró, Hungary

Mrs. Anna-Mária Bíró is the Project Manager for Central, East and Southeast Europe of the London based Minority Rights Group International (MRGI). She is based in MRGI’s Budapest office. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics and is currently doing her PhD at the Department of Political Sciences of the Faculty of Law, ELTE, Budapest. She has extensive experience as a minority rights advocate at the UN Commission on Human Rights and other international fora. She has conducted training on minority rights at the UN and as part of MRGI’s Budapest Advocacy and Rights Training seminars.

Míťa Castle-Kaněrová, Czech Republic

Mrs. Míťa Castle-Kaněrová is Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London and Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague. As a consultant she has been involved in PHARE projects in the Czech and Slovak Republics (1992-94) and worked as the Team Leader for National Social Security Legislation and EU Law on Equal Treatment in PHARE Consensus Projects in Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Romania (1997-99). She is author of numerous publications on social policy.

Lincoln Crawford OBE, United Kingdom

Mr. Lincoln Crawford OBE is a Barrister, Recorder of the Crown Court and part-time Chairman of the Employment Tribunal. He was a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality for six years and was very much involved in issues of race in Europe. He is currently Chairman of the Bar Race Relations Committee with a wide remit to consider all issues of race as they affect the Bar. He is also a member of the Home Secretary’s Race Relations Forum whose purpose is to ensure that there is an ethnic minority voice at the heart of government. He is a member of the Equal Treatment Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and the Runnymede Trust.

Jiří Musil, Czech Republic

Mr. Jiří Musil is President of the European Sociological Association and a member of the Academia Europea, Academia Scientarium et Atrium Europeae, and the World Academy of Art and Science. He is Professor of Sociology at the Central European University, Budapest and Warsaw. He is also Professor of Demography at Charles University, Prague. He has published over 100 professional articles.

Vincent Parillo, United States of America

Mr. Vincent Parrillo is a Professor of Sociology at William Paterson College, New Jersey and is a well-known authority in the field of immigration and racial and ethnic relations. His books become as basic texts at the universities all around the U.S.A. He is currently acting as a visiting professor of the Fulbright Foundation at the College of Philosophy at the Palacký University in Olomouc.

George Schöpflin, United Kingdom

Mr. George Schöpflin is Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study for Nationalism at the School of Slavonic & East European studies, University College London. He is the author of Politics in Eastern Europe and many other works on identity and politics. He is currently working on the inter-relationship between post-communism and nationhood. His latest book Nations, Identity, Power is currently in the press.