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Master Class Series against Racism and Discriminations

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.

 

Since the beginning of 2020, UNESCO has organized nine master classes addressing racism, discriminations and intolerance. Most recently, the Organization has participated in three joint Master Classes:

  • Master Class on “Transforming Sport”, organized by Comude Guadalajara in Guadalajara (Mexico) on December 1, 2020. 
  • Master Class on Racism, organized by COPRED in Mexico City (Mexico) on November 19, 2020. Watch the full recording here (Passcode: u&j6u5r4)
  • Master Class on Colonial Continuities and Climate Activism (European Coalition of Cities Against Racism – ECCAR), organized by the city of Heidelberg (Germany) on November 1, 2020. More information

Contact

If you wish to organise a master class in your school or community, please contact us at: masterclass@unesco.org
 

See also

Inclusion in the time of COVID-19: addressing racism, discrimination, and exclusion

The UNESCO series of webinars aims to exchange experiences and expertise on the measures to address the COVID-19 crisis at global and local levels. These webinars focus on the social dimensions of “leaving no one behind” and on actions against the growing incidents of racism and discrimination.

Regional Expert Consultations against Racism and Discriminations

The Series of consultations aimed to deconstruct racism and unpack the societal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It sought to facilitate the necessary reflection on the direction and actions that UNESCO and the international community should take amid a renewed emergence of racist agendas.