Tolerance Seminar 2000 Overview and Programme
Tolerance, Respect, and Human rights
Second international seminar of the Transborder Initiative for Tolerance
and Human Rights
19- 24 January 2000, Czech Republic
1. MISSION AND RATIONALE:
The second international seminar "Tolerance, Respect, and Human
Rights" was organised by a recently formalised international group
of teachers and students (registered under the name GLOBEA) in co-operation
with HOST and several other Czech NGOs.
Building on the principles of justice, non-violence, and the observance
of human rights, the co-operating organisations and individuals encourage
tolerance and understanding among all people, regardless of their gender,
race, religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic background. The seminar sought
to provide a practical means for at least partly achieving that goal.
A primary purpose of this seminar was to provide a forum for teachers,
educators and civic leaders to exchange information and experience, to
expand their knowledge and broaden perspectives through exploring new
concepts, approaches, and ideas that have worked elsewhere, which can
be possibly adapted in tackling their own problem situations.
Another purpose of the seminar, and equally important, was - through personal
contacts and informal discussions - to develop an active, continuing international
network. Our aim is that the acquaintances made here and the conversations
that ensued will lead to further interactions through letters, e-mail,
or personal visits. Such a communications network allows for the extension
of support and further information exchanges beyond the life of this seminar.
Thus, the mission of this seminar was twofold. First, the promulgation
of case studies, research, strategies, studies, and any other information
that enhance our ability to influence the educational and political systems
in promoting tolerance and understanding. Second, to nurture a communications
network among the participants that will encourage, sustain, and augment
all our efforts in the months and years to come.
Total of 138 participants and observers from 21 countries took part in
the seminar, out of which 80 were from the Czech Republic.
Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Reception given by the South African Embassy In Prague; Performance of
Romani children from Predlice Primary School
Thursday, January 20, 2000
Key note addresses, Chaired by Prof. Vincent Parrillo
- Prof. Vincent Parrillo, Fullbright lecturer at the Palacky
University Olomouc: Negotiated Order: Proactive Steps That Prevent Ethnoviolence
and Promote Intergroup Understanding
Discussant: Prof. Joseph Wronka, Springfield College, USA
- Ms. Zdenka Machnyikova, Office of the High Commissioner on
National Minorities, OSCE: The Concept of protection of National Minorities
in International Law
Discussant: Prof. Joseph Wronka, Springfield College, USA
- Ms. Josephine Verspaget, Chair of the Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies
at the Council of Europe: The activities of the Specialist Group on
Roma/Gypsies concerning Roma and education and overview of the recommendations
of the Council of Europe on this subject
Discussants: Karel Holomek, Association of Roma in Moravia, and Ms Jana
Hejkrlikova, Interministerial Commission for Romani issues at the Czech
- Professor Nqabomzi Gawe, Ms Carol de Kock and Ms Liz Thompson,
Technicon Natal and University of Zululand: Submerged Histories in South
Africa: Racial Stereotypes and Fears
Discussant: Ms Kim Feinberg, Foundation for Tolerance Education, South
- Ms. Lori Handrahan, Tolerance International, Kyrgyzstan: Gender
and Ethnic Conflict: Lessons on Identity and Tolerance as Learned in
Friday, January 21, 2000
Education Policies for Roma Children in Europe. Panel organised by
the European Centre for Minority issues (ECMI)
The aim of the ECMI panel was to evaluate the various models of education
policy with an emphasis on those developed by Roma themselves, in order
to contribute to the development of adequate education programmes for
Roma children. The panel dealt with questions of integrated vs. segregated
education, linguistic issues and also drew on practical experiences from
several countries and attempted to identify the conditions which might
contribute to the success of a given model. The panel was held under the
auspices of the Czech Senate Vice-Chair, Mr Ivan Havlicek.
Chair: Ms. Farimah Daftary, ECMI Research Associate
Discussant: Ms. Josephine Verspaget, Chair of the Specialist Group on
Roma/Gypsies at the Council of Europe
- Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Institute for Language and Culture,
Roskilde University, Denmark: Theoretical introduction and evaluation
of the comparative performance of different models of minority education
- Ms. Miranda Vuolasranta, Advisory Board on Romani Affairs,
Ministry of Social Affairs, Helsinki, Finland: Review of the Romani
language and its use in Finland
- Ms. Helena Balabánová, Premysl Pitter School
Ostrava: Education of Roma children in Czech Republic: Promoting good
- Ms. Jana Hejkrlíková, Interministerial Commission
for Romani Affairs, Czech Government: Need for Educating all children
in Czechs schools
- Ms. Dimitrina Petrovna, Executive Director, European Roma Rights
Centre, Budapest: Current efforts of the ERRC in the Czech Republic
to assist Roma children to fight policies of segregated education.
Saturday, January 22, 2000
- August Zemo, Facing History and Ourselves, Switzerland: "Education
as a tool in the prevention of genocide"
- John Andrews, Bill Waters, Northern Michigan University: "Role
of Humor in Police work"
- Karel Vanspringel, Pax Christi Flanders, Belgium: "How
to use drama and role-playing in peace education"
- Joseph Wronka, Springfield College: "Toward the Creation
of Human Rights Action Alerts"
- Kim Feinberg, Foundation for Tolerance Education, South Africa:
"Universal lessons through history"
- Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, Jagellonian University Krakow,
Poland: "Alternative Methods of Education in Overcoming Ethnic
- Alison Closs, University of Edinburgh: "Inclusive and
Co-operative Education "
- Ina Navazelskis, Radio Free Europe, Prague: "Where stereotypes
and the Media Intersect: How Tolerance is promoted or inhibited by journalists"
For more detailed information on workshops
Closing remarks by Vincent Parrillo, and a short video "Getting
Sunday, January 23, 2000
Trip to Terezin memorial
Monday, 24 January, 2000
Trip to Pribram schools and other educational settings
Roundtable on Education of Romani children in Pribram District
3. RESULTS AND FOLLOW UP
- The participants have drafted the Globea resolution the aim of which
is to contribute to implementing concrete policies and practices relevant
to education of Romani children in the Czech Republic, as well as more
generally to contribute to positive changes in education world-wide.
In May 2000 the final was sent to such recipients as the UN, OSCE, the
Council of Europe, the Czech Prime Minister, Czech Ministry of Education,
and to other organisation that may contribute to positive social changes.
- Many links and partnerships were created that resulted in further
co-operation, e.g. between Czech teachers and their Polish colleagues,
between Czech Roma and British Roma, etc...
- The participants urged the organisers to continue in organising similar
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