Simferopol, Ukraine – 20 December, 2010:
The Information and Methodical Center of Intercultural Education
and Tolerance with cooperation from the Crimean Ethnographic
Museum in Simferopol held a roundtable on the theme, "Hate
Speech in the media: its causes, manifestations and consequences
for society ". The roundtable discussion was organized
by the Integration and Development Center in partnership with
the organization "International Non-Violence".
Monitoring of Hate Speech in Crimea is carried out under the
project "Promotion of dialogue in a divided Crimea"
with financial assistance from the National Endowment for Democracy
The roundtable discussion addressed the following issues:
1. The use of Hate Speech in regional and national media in
2. The Role of media in the (re) production of racist and xenophobic
ideas and the formation of these ideas in society.
3. Ways of overcoming the “language of hatred” in the media.
The roundtable was attended by journalists and editors of the
Crimean media, as well as politicians, hate speech monitors
and representatives of public organizations and scientific and
During the meeting, techniques for estimating the harshness
of hate speech in the media were demonstrated using examples
from the worst offenders in national and Crimean media outlets
from spring to autumn 2010.
The informational and analytical web-portal “www.XenoMonitor.org”
was also presented during the meeting. The portal is devoted
to the comprehensive study of the problem of hate speech and
methods on how to counteract racism, xenophobia and other forms
of intolerance in the field of mass communications.
More information can be found here
Perovo and Evpatoria, Ukraine – 14-18 December, 2010:
A five day seminar for preschool teachers participating in
the tolerance course “Culture of Good Neighborhood” was held
in Perovo and Evpatoria. The seminar was part of the regional
programme on intercultural education for preschoolers called
“Crimean Wreath”. The theme of the seminar was "Teaching
Tolerance must be continuous!".
The “Culture of Good Neighborhood” course was designed by a
group of Crimean scientists and teachers from 2003 to 2005.
The first component of the course, entitled "Crimean wreath",
was approved by the board of the Ministry of Education and Science
of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) on 22nd August 2004.
It is an elective component of the state educational programme
- “My place in the world”.
The seminar trained kindergarten teachers in Simferopol methods
of teaching the integrated course "Culture of Good Neighborhood".
The methods of teaching the course are aimed at improving children's
social competence, forming tolerance between different ethnic
and religious groups and instilling skills for the non-violent
resolution of conflict. The Integration and Development Center
created the course with cooperation from the Crimean Ministry
of Education and Science.
Provost for Educational and Methodological work at the Crimean
Republican Institute of Postgraduate Teacher Education, Lyudmila
Muhomorina, commented: “Analysis of the course shows that if
the work in schools is systemic there will be improvements in
tolerance levels. Teaching Tolerance must be constant. The need
to teach children that differences among people should be welcomed
and not looked down on is crucial – it will help create a real
culture of good neighborhood.”
More information can be found here
In June 2010, pursuant to orders of the Minister
of Education and Science of the ARC from 23.04.2009 ¹ 195 and
the order from 01.07.2009 ¹ 314, the implementation of the concept
of priorities for educational work in Crimea will include the
methodical training workshops for teachers who will implement
the integrated course “Culture of Good Neighborhood” in schools.
More information can be found here
On 20 March, 2010 IDC will continue the methodical
six-day training seminars for secondary school teachers who
will implement the "Culture of Good Neighborhood"
course in Crimea.
20th - 25th March – Sevastopol (program attached)
22nd - 27th March – Smt. Razdolnoye (program attached)
29th March - 3rd April – Smt. Nizhnegorsky
The head of the creative team of developers of the "Culture
of Good Neighborhood" course, Margarita Aradzhioni and
her colleagues conducted a presentation of the course for school
authorities in various regions of Crimea:
2nd February 2010 - Yalta
9th February 2010 - Bakhchisarai
10th February 2010 - Simferopol
12th February 2010 - Lenin village and Kerch
18th February 2010 - Evpatoria
26th February 2010 - Krasnogvardiyske village and the borough
3rd March 2010 - Sevastopol
The presentations by IDC staff generated great interest among
the audience and increased interest in expanding the number
of educational institutions that implement various programmes
of the "Culture of Good Neighborhood" course.
Margarita Aradzhioni and Oleg Smirnov met with Diru Toderasku,
Consultant at the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (part
of the German Marshall Fund). IDC staff and Mr. Toderasku exchanged
views and ideas on the development of intercultural education
in the Crimea and the activities of public associations to aid
the early prevention of armed conflict and overcome xenophobia
and intolerance in society.
Simferopol, Ukraine – 21 February, 2010:
The Center for Intercultural Education and Tolerance held
the final meeting for teachers of the "Culture of Good
Neighborhood" course. Additional training methods carrying
on from the October 2009 workshops were discussed. The additional
methods helped to implement and hone the teachers' skills for
practical work with parents, children and their faculty peers.
Simferopol, Ukraine – 17 February, 2010:
Head of the creative team, Margarita Aradzhioni, led a workshop
at the Simferopol school ¹ 1929 with teachers who implement
the "Culture of Good Neighborhood" course in the fourth
and ninth grades. Discussions revolved around specific features
of the course with the most active teachers expressing a desire
to receive training methods for teaching the elective course.
The headmaster, TI Sukhina proposed to organize a school-based
study for the implementation of the "Culture of Good Neighborhood"
On March 14-16, 2008 the Integration and Development
Center for Information and Research together with the Odessa
Mediation Group and the Crimean
office of the Ukrainian Center for Common Ground in the
framework of the IRF
Project 'Through school to community (local interethnic conflict
prevention by the stimulation of educational activities, directed
at tolerance promotion on the community level in Crimea)' conducted
the training seminar on mediation and facilitation "Negotiation/
Mediation in conflict resolution. Practical skills and strategies".
During three days 24 students representing 13 institutes of
higher education of the Crimea, has become acquainted with concepts
of a conflict, mediation and facilitation through exercises
and role playing, has obtained the skills of the analysis of
different conflict situations and negotiations, which they will
be able to use in their student environment as well as in local
Main tasks of the course:
1. To get knowledge of the basics of conflict studies, to
promote understanding of a conflict.
2. To increase knowledge on possible ways of conflict resolution.
3. To promote the formation of the system of democratic values,
which are based on the principles of tolerance and peaceful
non-violent conflict resolution.
4. To practice skills of effective communication in different
5. To familiarize students with the negotiation techniques.
6. To get to know about mediation and facilitation processes,
to practice skills of mediation and facilitation.
Pictures from the training you can see here.
On March 14, 2008 the “round table” on the
results of the approbation of the program “Basics of Neighborhood”
during the period since September 2007 till March 2008 took
place in Yalta at the premises of the Crimean State Humanitarian
University. 19 educators, among them members of the working
group and 11 professors from Crimean institutes of higher education
discussed the first results, problems and their achievements
taking into account that each educator have conducted approbation
according to possibilities of their institutions and departments.
The first results of the psychological monitoring also were
presented for all the participants.
The program of the ‘round table’ (in Russian) you can see here.
The “round table” “Experience of Educational Projects
in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Directed at the
Preservation and Learning of National Languages” took place
at the premises of the Center for Inter-cultural Education and
Tolerance on March 11, 2008. Among the organizers
are the Republican Committee on Inter-national Relations and
Deported Citizens, Crimean Branch of the Institute of the Innovative
Technologies and Content of Education of the Ministry of Education
and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education and Science
of Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The participants discussed the most urgent problems of the
protection and development of the languages of different ethnic
groups of the Crimea, possible ways of the language diversity
preservation in the region and equal access to mother languages
learning and studying in native languages.
The program of the ‘round table’ and the list of participants
(in Russian) you can see here.
On February 22, 2008 the press-conference
“Presentation of the I&R
kit of ‘charts and diagrams’ on ‘Ethnic History of the Crimea
according to the census data’” took place in Simferopol.
The manual was prepared and printed within the activities of
the Center for Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance and Crimean
It was published with financial support of the OSCE High Commissioner
on National Minorities within the framework of the project of
the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research
“Supporting inter-cultural education in Crimea” (1400135).
The book contains the data of the national censuses conducted
in 1897, 1926, 1939, 1989, 2001 and can be considered rather
important source for studying the ethnic history of the region.
It is addressed to teachers of educational institutions, Sunday
schools of national cultural associations and everyone interested
in local lore, history and ethnography of the Crimea.
On February 28 the book was presented at the Board meeting
of the Ministry of Education and Science of the AR Crimea and
handed over for further delivering in educational
institutions of the peninsula.
Two seminars-trainings for teachers of secondary schools
and institutes of higher education took place at the
premises of the Center for Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance
on February 16-17 and 23-24, 2008. During two
days participants discussed methods and techniques of conducting
trainings for adults in the framework of the integrated course
“Culture of Neighborhood”, and also acquired practical skills
for their further activities.
Totally 56 educators participated in the trainings. The main
objective of these trainings was to prepare them for work in
poly-ethnic environment, for effective prevention of conflicts
arising from time to time between teachers in schools and teachers
and parents. The program of trainings (in Russian) you can see
On January 18, 2008 the Center for Intercultural
Education and Tolerance together with the Ministry of Education
and Science of the Crimea has conducted seminar for lecturers
of the Crimean institutes of higher education on the course
“Fundamentals of neighborhood”. During the seminar the main
parts of the course were presented, trainings on several topics
of the course were conducted. About 40 persons took part in
the training seminar. Around 20 institutes of higher education
plan to introduce the course for their students in the near
On January 17, 2008 the Center for Intercultural
Education and Tolerance has conducted a press-conference "Presentation
of the Crimean regional studies publications "Workbook
for the 1st grade for the course "My family, my neighbors and
me" and "Workbook
for the 2nd grade for the course "A place we live in" composed
for the "Culture of neighborhood" program. The action was dedicated
to the Day of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea celebrated each
year on January 20.
The edition was published with financial support of OSCE High
Commissioner on National Minorities in the framework of the
project of the Integration and Development Center for Information
and Research "Supporting inter-cultural education in Crimea".
The workbooks are intended to get pupils acquainted with the
history of native land, ethnic, language, religious peculiarities
of people living in Crimea in order to form effective skills
of intercultural communication. Workbooks may be used in the
1st and the 2nd grades of primary schools and for home reading.
The circulation of the edition is 3000 each. They will be disseminated
among pupils of the schools which implement the course "Culture
of Neighborhood". Ten more textbooks and manuals for the course
are planned to be published before the new 2008/2009 school