Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
AHCD - Promoting tolerance, respect and understanding through education

Promoting human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination: role of education

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Auditorium A1B, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

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Slurs and stereotypes are not only hurtful, but also symptomize ignorance, misunderstanding and confusion. Harassment, discrimination, and violence can devastate the lives, especially the fundamental freedoms and human rights, of individuals, including children, and entire communities. 

Ideologies anchored in hate and prejudice threaten the realization of all peoples’ human rights, attack our common humanity, destroy the basis of societies and can undermine democratic values. Hate and discrimination have always existed, but technological changes are making it easier for extremists to disseminate their discriminatory propaganda. This has a profound impact on society in a number of ways that are pertinent for education.

The discussion will consider similarities and differences in both the needs for, and possible approaches to, using education as a vehicle to promote tolerance and create an inclusive space for all.

The event is organized in partnership with UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in co-operation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and the World Jewish Congress. It is held within the framework of a two-day international workshop for policymakers on “The role of education in addressing anti-Semitism”.


  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

  • Herbert Winter, President of Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and World Jewish Congress Vice President


  • Davide Rodogno,  Professor of International History and Faculty Affiliate of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute, Geneva

The event will be followed by a reception.

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