The Guidelines for Educators to Counter Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims will be the focus of a hearing which will take place on 26 June 2012 at the Summer Session of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
During the hearing approximately 130 participants, mainly members of PACE, but also civil society activists, diplomats and journalists will discuss how intolerance and discrimination against Muslims can be addressed through education and how the Guidelines for educators can be helpful in this regard.
ODIHR, together with the Council of Europe and UNESCO recently published the Guidelines in multiple languages, with a view to supporting educational efforts to counter intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. The Guidelines are intended for a wide audience, including education policymakers and officials, teacher trainers, teachers, principals and head teachers, staff in teacher unions and professional associations, and members of NGOs. They are relevant for both primary and secondary education and can also be used in non-formal education settings.
The event will be co-hosted by the Assembly's Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination and the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media. The OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe and UNESCO will continue to present the Guidelines to educational authorities through a series of roundtable meetings during 2012.