Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Launch of a UNESCO-United States-Brazil project for teaching respect in schools

The “Teaching Respect for All,” project born of cooperation between UNESCO, the United States and Brazil, was launched on 18 January at UNESCO Headquarters. This launch is the first step in a process expected to last close to three years with the aim of developing curricula that promote learning to live together in school.

Coordinated by UNESCO, funded from U.S. State Department extra budgetary contributions, the “Teaching Respect for All” project recognizes the key role of schools in combatting racial and ethnic discrimination.

Launched in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Department of State, Esther Brimmer, and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat on Policies of Promotion of Racial Equality in Brazil, Mário Theodoro Lisbôa, this event brought together government representatives, experts and practitioners from different parts of the world. Students at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach (USA) and Bagunçaço, an educational centre for young people in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), were to take part in this session via videoconference, which will allow them to interact with the other participants.

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