Slurs and stereotypes are not only hurtful, but also symptomize ignorance and misunderstanding. Ideologies anchored in hate and prejudice threaten the realization of all peoples’ human rights and attack our common humanity. Technological changes are making it easier for extremists to disseminate their hate and discriminatory propaganda. This has a profound impact on society in a number of ways that are pertinent for education.
The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy hosted on 16 December a public debate on these issues. Entitled “Promoting human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination: role of education”, the panel discussion explored possible approaches to using education as a vehicle to promote tolerance and create an inclusive space for all.
The event was organized in partnership with UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in co-operation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and the World Jewish Congress. It was held within the framework of a two-day international workshop for policymakers on “The role of education in addressing anti-Semitism”.
The panel discussion, moderated by Davide Rodogno, Professor of International History and Faculty Affiliate of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, involved three prominent speakers: Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Herbert Winter, President of Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and World Jewish Congress Vice President.
Watch the panel discussion here: