Building peace in the minds of men and women

Promoting Respect for Diversity and Tolerance: what are the promising educational approaches?

Recent terrorist attacks, racism, antisemitism, islamophobia and other forms of intolerance, and persistent ethnic and religious conflicts have claimed the lives of many citizens around the world, violating human rights and undermining efforts to build sustainable peace.

In this context, how can education provided through schools, and beyond, promote respect for diversity and tolerance, notably religious tolerance? What are the most effective educational policies and practices that can make a difference? What kind of changes can be realistically expected from formal education systems as they are designed today? 

To address these questions, UNESCO and the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Latvia to UNESCO, are organizing a panel discussion on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm (Room II) with the participation of government officials, international experts and educators.  

The event will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and Mārīte Seile, Minister of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Latvia, and moderated by journalist Madeleine Mukamabano, Radio France International (RFI). The Director of school education of the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, Florence Robine, will also be present. 

Other speakers include: 

  • Patrice Brodeur, Director of Research, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID)
  • Chris Castle, Chief, Section of Health and Global citizenship Education, UNESCO
  • Gabriel Brener, Undersecretary of State for Equality and Quality in Education, Argentina
  • Günther Jikeli, Associate Researcher, Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish studies, Potsdam University and Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités / CNRS
  • Mariam Touré, President of the association Liberté d’Agir Scolaire
  • Scherto Gill, Secretary General at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace; Associate Lecturer at the University of Sussex, Department of Education 


During the discussions, contemporary approaches to address to promote tolerance and the respect of diversity through education will be presented, as well as current trends and actions taken by education stakeholders at the international and country levels. 

The panel is organized in the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015. 

This public event is also part of global and national efforts to promote a sense of learning to live together through the promotion of Global Citizenship Education, following the discussions held at the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education, UNESCO HQ, 28-30 January 2015. 


For more information please contact:

Permanent Delegation of Latvia dl.latvia(at) or gce(at)