Consultation Meeting on "Guidelines for Educators on Combating Intolerance Against Muslims"
Vienna, 16 May 2011

With the support of a panel of education experts, ODIHR together with the Council of Europe and UNESCO has been drafting guidelines for educators on combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. This new publication provides guidance to educators on how to identify, prevent and respond to manifestation of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in the school context. It primarily addresses teachers working at the secondary school level, covering both formal and informal education.

Aim of the meeting

In order to ensure that the Guidelines have a broad geographical relevance, the three organizations are keen on consulting a representative range of stakeholders from across the OSCE region, including government officials, educators and civil society representatives.

In this regard, more specific purposes of this consultation meeting are threefold:

  • To obtain comments by civil society representatives on whether the guidelines sufficiently address the educational issues concerning intolerance against Muslims;
  • To make sure that the guidelines are useful for teachers and teacher trainers in their activities to combat intolerance against Muslims;
  • To discuss with the delegates of the OSCE participating States the need for their support to educational efforts in this specific area.

Modalities

Participants are invited to review each chapter and suggest corrections, amendments or clarifications. In particular:

  • Reviewers from NGO background are asked to look specifically at the material if it covers most important aspect of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in relation with education;
  • Reviewers from an education background are asked to identify topics and issues they wish to know more about, and to make suggestions for how the material should be presented in printed form and on the Internet;
  • Reviewers representing governments or inter-governmental organizations are asked to comment on if the guidelines are helpful to support the implementation of international commitments in this area.

The language of the meeting is English.