SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CONFERENCE CALLED
"PREVENTION OF VIOLENT CONFLICTS AND PEACE EDUCATION IN
Simferopol & Sevastopol, Ukraine - 6-9 October 2011:
From 6th - 9th October 2011 in Sevastopol, Ukraine
at the Hotel Aquamarine was held an international scientific-practical
conference called "Prevention of Violent Conflicts and
Peace Education in Multicultural Societies”.
of the conference are representatives of public organizations,
experts, academics and researchers in the field of cultural
studies, political science, psychology, sociology, and history.
There were also representatives of the Office of the OSCE High
Commissioner on National Minorities, the Ministry of Education,
Youth and Sports of Crimea, the Polish Embassy in Ukraine and
various organizations that work to combat racism and xenophobia.
In total, the conference was attended by more than eighty people
from twenty countries, including: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia,
Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Netherlands, Greece, Israel,
Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, UK, Kenya, USA, Philippines,
Japan, Montenegro, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
The conference is sponsored by the Crimean NGO, “Integration
and Development Center for Information and Research”, in partnership
with the network of civil society "Global Partnership for
the Prevention of Armed Conflict", the Ministry of Education,
Youth and Sports of Crimea, the Crimean branch of the Institute
of Innovation and Technology of the Ministry of Education and
Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Crimean branch of
the A.Yu Krymsky Institute of Oriental Studies at the National
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Crimean Republic Institute
"Ethnographic Museum", and the Information and Methodological
Center for Intercultural Education and Tolerance.
The conference discussed the topics such as:
1) Learning a culture of peace in multiethnic communities.
2) Media and Communication: The possibility of creating a
culture of peace and preventing violent conflict.
3) Methods of the culture of peace and tolerance development,
and diagnosing of their effectiveness. The role of the school
curriculum and teaching aids in the prevention of violent conflict
and the formation of tolerance in society.
4) Public administration and civil society in formulating
and implementing identity policies and conflict prevention in
5) Intercultural communication and cultural dialogue in a
multicultural society. Research and popularization of experience
of the Neighbourhood in multi-ethnic regions.
6) Preventative efforts to reduce the level of xenophobia,
racism and anti-Semitism in society.
There will also be presentations on the experience of innovative
educational projects aimed at developing social competence in
children and adults. As well as the experience of interaction
between authorities, academic institutions and non-governmental
organizations working toward the development of tolerance in
a multicultural society (within the framework of regional, national
and trans-boundary cooperation).
Location: Sevastopol, Aquamarine Hotel, 11
The conference begins: October 6, 10:00.
For more information, please call: (0652) 505-812 or by e-mail:
The conference is made possible by the Max van der Stoel award,
which was awarded to the Integration and Development Center
in 2009. The award was established in 2001 by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in honour
of Max van der Stoel (1924 - 2011) - a prominent Dutch statesman
and the first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
The prize is a royalty-free fund that is allocated to support
the High Commissioner in conflict regions. Since the creation
of the award it has been given to four organizations: the Latvian
Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies (2003), International
Historical, Educational and Charitable Society Human Rights
"Memorial" (Russia, 2005), European Roma Rights Centre
(Romania, 2007), and the Integration and Development Center
for Information and Research (Ukraine, 2009).
The conference program can be found here.