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Teaching Respect for All

Education is key to strengthening the foundations of tolerance, reducing discrimination and violence, and promoting learning to live together. This requires cultivating respect for all people regardless of color, gender, descent, or national, ethnic, or religious identity.

With that goal in mind, UNESCO is launching a curriculum development program entitled Teaching Respect for All. This curriculum will be designed to promote anti-racism and tolerance, and that countries can adapt to their respective contexts and needs. The project aims to identify practical tools explaining how to address issues related to racism and intolerance in education.

The curriculum, which is being launched in partnership with the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Bahamas, Germany, France, Indonesia, Slovakia, Canada, and the European Union, aligns with UNESCO’s overarching goals of reducing intolerance, violence and discrimination through education, including through human rights education, holocaust education, multicultural education, intercultural education and education to counter bullying in schools.

Teaching Respect for All: What Does Respect Mean to You
Wednesday, January 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM EST (2:30 PM UTC, 2:30 PM Paris)

Respect. What does this word mean to you? Join a webchat with UNESCO representatives, State Department officials and students to share your thoughts about respect and how to teach it in the classroom. This will be an interactive webchat in English.

Join a Twitter Discussion: #Dignity4All
Join a discussion on twitter and help us shape this project. Send your thoughts - using #dignity4all - on what respect means to you, and how your community deals with issues of intolerance or discrimination.

Keep up with all of the exciting activities associated with the “Teaching Respect for All” launch:


Twitter (use #dignity4all)

  • @StateDept
  • @Democracyis
  • @Americagov



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