“Addressing antisemitism in and through education” - International workshop for policymakers

When :

from Wednesday 10 July, 2019
to Thursday 11 July, 2019

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, UNESCO Restaurant, 7 place Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Isabel Tamoj i.tamoj@unesco.org

The workshop organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will examine how government officials can foster education systems that build the resilience of learners to prejudice and violent extremist ideologies.

The two-day workshop will bring together government officials from 30 countries from all UNESCO regions. The workshop sessions will be based upon the recommendations exposed in the publication “Addressing anti-Semitism through education. Guidelines for policymakers", published jointly by OSCE/ODIHR and UNESCO in 2018.

The workshop will open with a round table discussion on “Why is it important to address antisemitism globally?” at 9:45 a.m. in Room IX. The session will be open to invited Permanent Delegations and guests and will include the participation of Malek Boutih, Ethics Adviser at Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and former MP, Delphine Horvilleur, Rabbi, Jewish Liberal Movement of France, Menachem Rosensaft, General Counsel, World Jewish Congress and Instructor-in-Law, Columbia University Law School, and Robert Williams, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.

The opening session will be followed by an introductory session on contemporary forms of antisemitism. Additional sessions will highlight the role policymakers can play in addressing antisemitism, related UNESCO publications, best practices as well as pedagogical responses to antisemitism and other forms of intolerance. The first day will close with a reception in the UNESCO Restaurant in the presence of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors.

On the second day, participants will visit the Mémorial de la Shoah and will participate in workshop sessions on addressing Holocaust denial, conspiracy theories and online hate speech. Group discussions will focus on the possible domestic application of recommendations and good practices presented during the workshop.

The Paris workshop is the second of a series of international workshops organized by UNESCO that aim to strengthen the capacity of policymakers to address and prevent antisemitism in and through education. A first workshop took place from 21-22 May 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.