Launched by UNESCO in November 2019 as a global “training for trainers” initiative, the Master Class Series against Racism and Discriminations seeks to empower students to become youth champions in their own schools and communities and spread awareness on how to deconstruct the mechanisms underlying racism and discriminations.
Highlighting the growing significance of this social scourge, the Master Class Series has the following objectives:
- To give young people the keys and tools to understand the concepts and scientific evidence to decipher racist attitudes and behavior;
- To propose inspiring models to equip young people to take action at their level in the fight against racism and discriminations;
- To inspire policymakers, at the global, national, and local levels, to pursue collective efforts in the fight against racism and discriminations
The Master Classes serve as dialogue spaces and peer learning forums among the young participants, the experts and resource persons, and the invited personalities, in order to openly discuss the taboos that corrode the social and moral fiber in societies. Using a human rights-based approach, the courses address various topics related to inclusion and non-discrimination, such as racial discrimination, gender-based discrimination, rights of indigenous peoples, discrimination against persons with disabilities, inter alia. Depending on the regional and local contexts, the programme content and the curriculum of each Master Class are designed by UNESCO in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders.
Each edition of the Master Class series culminates with the adoption of the young participants’ commitments in designing and pursuing their own local activities. In collaboration with the member cities of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities - ICCAR, editions in all regions are being planned and will be organized throughout 2020-2021.