Countering intolerance and Discrimination through Education: Challenges and Prospects. Roundtable and book launch

When, local time: 
Monday, 15 June 2015 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: 
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Simona Popa, s.popa@unesco.org

This public event will bring together high-level officials and prominent scholars to discuss the challenges and prospects of countering intolerance and discrimination through education.

The event will also launch a new book published by IBE and based on research from countries that are still dealing with the legacy of the Holocaust: “As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy and Practice” (Eds. Zehavit Gross and Doyle Stevick) represents the most comprehensive collection of empirical research on the Holocaust education ever produced.

The roundtable will be moderated by Rolf Gollob, Co-head of Institute for International Projects in Education at Zurich University of Teacher Education. Participants will include H.E. Francois Xavier Ngarambe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office; Shahram Nahidi, Head of Humanities and Education, The King Abdulaziz Vienna Institute for Inter-religious Dialogue; Alison Joyner, Education Programme Officer, Aga Khan Foundation; Anne Giebel, Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights; and Marcelo Kohen, Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

The launch of the book by its editors, Zehavit Gross of Bar-Ilan University, and Doyle Stevick of University of South Carolina, will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Karel Fracapane, UNESCO Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. The panellists will include Monique Eckmann, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Geneva; Peter Gautschi, Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern; Dienke Hondius, Anne Frank House; Dominique Trimbur, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah; as well as Peter Kirchschläger, Center of Human Rights Education, Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern.