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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 (NED).

The roundtable discussion addressed the following issues:

1. The use of Hate Speech in regional and national media in Ukraine.
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 educational institutions.

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 of Saksky
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" course.

 

 

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 communities.

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 conflict situations.
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 Ethnographic Museum.

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 here.

 

 

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 future.

 

 

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 year.

 

 

 


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