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Internet Guide to Tolerance Education

An Internet Guide entitled “Tolerance Education” was created in cooperation with OSCE, within the framework of the activity of CHS JU. This contains descriptions of over 300 institutions dealing with the problems of: tolerance education, freedom of religion and faith, human rights, minorities, intercultural education, citizenship, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, racism, interfaith dialogue, conflict, humanitarian aid, gender equality and the Sinti and Roma.

http://tolerance.research.uj.edu.pl/

The aim of the guide is to avoid ethnic and religious conflict in schools and care institutions by helping people and institutions to co-author educational policy and also to be responsible for activities connected with tolerance in the context of freedom of religion and religious education . The guide is planned to help teachers and students (the teachers of the future) to access teaching resources which will help to promote openness and respect to others both in schools and outside.

The next objective is to supply a methodology and design a teaching approach which can be applied in schools to help combat the false and often clichéd image of people from different religious, national and ethnic groups. The guide makes available a broad range of methods and approaches aimed at removing negative stereotypes, prejudices and sources of discrimination which may occur to people who work in the field of education in Europe and Asia. The Internet Guide is available to everyone involved in teaching tolerance in connection with religion. It is further regarded as the first step in informing those concerned with this problem, namely government representatives, NGO’s and teachers of best practice methods, who can be found trying to answer this question in different areas of the world.

The site mainly functions as a guide to organizations which are active all over the world, containing a description of their actions so that those involved in education in a very broad sense will enjoy easy access to different educational solutions and methods. The examples of methods suggested and put into practice in different countries which can be found on the site may also play a positive role in the process of fostering democracy; on the one hand they strengthen the roles of the teacher and the student in the educational process and, on the other, they encourage the teacher to implement new methods and content in their teaching. CHS JU has contributed to the construction of the Guide and plans to produce a subsequent, wider-ranging version on CD ROM.