TOLERANCE, RESPECT, AND HUMAN RIGHTS 2001

Third annual seminar of the Globea Transborder Initiative

held under the auspices of Senator Ivan Havlicek


Prague, Czech Republic, 17 - 21 May 2001





ORGANISERS AND SPONSORS

Globea Transborder Initiative for Tolerance and Human Rights
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Charles University Prague
Office of the Senate of the Czech Republic
University of Zululand, South Africa
Department of Social Work, Philosophical Faculty, Charles University Prague
Dzeno Association, Prague
Association for Citizenship and Democracy Education, SVOD
Association of History Teachers, ASUD
New School Organisation
Police Training College in Prague

the Embassy of South Africa in Prague
the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Prague



PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Laura Laubeova, Charles University Prague
Vincent N. Parrillo, William Paterson University, USA
Lenka Rovna, Charles University Prague
Karel Holomek, Association of Roma in Moravia, Brno
Ivan Vesely, Dzeno Association, Prague
Ivan Havlicek, Senator, Parliament of the Czech Republic
Liz Thompson, University of Zululand
Marina Stefanova, University of Sofia
Jolanta J. Ambrosewicz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Carol de Kock, Technikon Natal


ORGANISATIONAL COMMITTEE

Selma Smailagic, Charles University Prague
Andrea Cirlicova, Charles University Prague
Lukáš Durda, Charles University Prague
Pavla Dobesova, Charles University Prague
Sona Kalejova, Dzeno Association, Prague
Lukas Kulovany, Charles University Prague
Pavlina Friedmannova, Charles University Prague
Veronika Mazancova, Charles University Prague
Daniela Kacafirkova, Prague
Layal el Abdallah, Canada
Laura Laubeova, Prague


Aims and Rationale:

Interethnic conflicts, human rights violation, intolerance, nationalism, racism and increasing inequalities are, along with low eco-environmental awareness, significant threats to the stability of the present world. Globalization and growing multiculturalism in societies at large bring these issues to the attention of many policy makers, as well as ordinary people.

Although Central and Eastern European countries as well as South Africa have won new found freedoms, their painful histories still hover in the background and these societies are currently engaged in processes of attempting to eradicate many unpleasant realities produced by their difficult pasts. Notably, the levels of violence in KwaZulu-Natal has not diminished and the arrival of a democratically elected government has not brought much peace or tolerance to the area. Similarly, Europe has not managed to show great sympathy, or understanding in dealings with minorities, such as the Romanies/Gypsies.

The aim of the conference is to support and foster contacts between educators, academics and human rights activists from Central and Eastern Europe and South Africa. The informal network and regular contacts have proved to be an effective measure for mutual enrichment, joint action planning and democracy building in our globalized societies. Informal contacts have also been complemented by several bilateral agreements between Universities in South Africa and Czech Republic.

Educators may play a very progressive role in the process of combating intolerance and racism, if sustainable projects are generated that can create important dialogues about current intolerance, and ultimately bring about changes in thought and actions within institutions of communities. Educators can exchange information, debate areas of concern, and importantly, initiate lobbying at higher levels of policy making.


Programme themes:

  • Prejudice and racism. Forms and levels of discrimination in society.
  • European antidiscrimination policies; impact of the EU "Race Equality" directive.
  • Human rights and minorities. International and local legislation. Discrepancy between laws and their implementation.
  • Issues of growing inequalities in the globalized world.
  • Multicultural and antiracist education. Contents, methods, and didactics.
  • Education of Romani children and other children from marginalized and excluded communities.
  • Managing multiethnic communities on local level. Role of school; creating partnerships.
  • Follow up initiatives and proposals for long term action.
  • Recommendations for the WCAR (World conference against Racism 2001).



Working languages:

The programme will be simultaneously translated into Czech and English.



SEMINAR SCHLEDULE AND PROGRAMME

17 - 18 May:
Opening speeches, Key note speeches and discussions, Panel discussion
- the Senate of the Czech Republic

17 May:
Press conference, Welcome reception
- the Senate of the Czech Republic

19 May:
Workshops
- Charles University Prague

20 May:
Visit to Holocaust Memorial in Terezin

21 May:
Visit to Primary school and Community centre in Usti nad Labem



Opening Speeches

Ivan Havlicek, Senator, Parliament of Czech Republic
Emil Scuka, President of the International Romani Union
Prof. Tomáš Halik, President of the Czech Christian Academy
Andreas Nicklish, Director, Prague Unated Nations Office
the Message of Mary Robinson, Unated Nations High Commissioner for                                          Human Rights


Key note speakers

Prof. Vincent N. Parrillo, Chair of the Seminar, William Paterson University, New Jersey
"Patterns of Discrimination and Human Rights Efforts"
Discussant: Jolanta Ambrosewicz, Jagellonian University Krakow

Prof. Hristo Kyuchukov, Shumen University, Bulharsko
"The Right to Education: the Roma Case"
Discussant:Jana Hejkrlíková, Roma Advisor at Pribram District, Czech Republic and Karel Holomek, Association of Roma in Moravia, Czech Republic

Tali Nates, Foundation for Tolerance Education in South Africa
"Growth Through Experience"
Discussant:Paddy Meskin, World Conference on Religion and Peace, South Africa

Andy Tamas, Tamas Consultants Inc., Kanada
"Ethnocentric Organizations: Strategies to Help Them Shift to Polycentrism"
Discussant: Phoebe Moore, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Prasad Reddy, INKOTA Network, Německo
"Anti-Discrimination Trainings: Building Bridges between Transnational, Anti-racist /Anti-discriminatory Educators and Activists"

Lilian Holt, an aboriginal Australian, Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne
"Indigenous/Aboriginal Education and Reconciliation"
Discussant: Gary Thomas, Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne, Austrálie


Panel on Education of Romani Children in Europe

Prof. Hristo Kyuchukov, Shumen University, Bulgaria
Karel Holomek, Association of Roma in Moravia, Czech Republic
Jana Hejkrlíková, Roma Advisor at Pribram Disctrict, Czech Republic
Eva Končoková, Wide Open School Foundation, Slovakia
Essyn Emurla, Central European University in Budapest, Romania
Iveta Pape, New School Foundation, Czech Republic
Karel Tomek, Ministry of Education, Youth and PT, Cyech Republic
Viktor Sekyt, Interdepartmental Committee for Romany Affairs


Workshops

1. Lucie Atkins, Central European University Budapest
"Bringing Justice to the Powerless: Representing Roma before the European Court of Human Rights"

2. Andras A. Tamas, Tamas Consuntants Inc., Canada
"Intercultural Training and Organizational Change Strategies"

3. Susana Goncalves, College of Education - Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal
"Multicultural and Anti-racist Education: Where to Start?"

4. Dana Rabinakova, Czech Centre for Negotiation and Conflict Management, Czech Republic
"The Street Law Project in the Czech Republic"

5. Paddy Meskin, World Conference on Religion and Peace, South Africa
"When the Racism Becomes Law"

6. Petr Kafka, Nationalism Department, CEU, Czech Republic
"The False Dilemma of the Roma Debate"

7. Prasad Reddy, NKOTA Network, East Berlin, Germany
"Learning Participation-Unlearning Discrimination - Anti-Discrimination Trainings"

8. Tali Nates, Foundation for Tolerance Education in South Afrika, JAR
"Parallels and Distinctions: Nazi Policies and the Apartheid Era in South Africa - Recognising Racism"

9. Phoebe Moore, Nottingham Trent University, Velká Británie
"Govermental /civic society relations in a new democracies: who will teach: The case of South Korea"

10. Miroslav Rafaj, Basic school in Zlin, Czech Republic
"The Global School Programme"

11. Pavla Polechova, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
"Inclusive and Co-operative Education in the Czech Republic: Issues and Challenges"

13. Eva Koncokova, Wide Open School Foundation, Slovakia
"Education of Roma Children from Marginalized and Excluded Communities"