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ADL Urges Goverments to Promote Anti-Bias Education

Posted: October 30, 2006

ADL urged governments to promote and implement a comprehensive anti-prejudice education program at the 2nd OSCE Tolerance Implementation Meeting on Education to promote mutual respect and understanding and to teach about the Holocaust, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 23-24, 2006.

ADL Project Director Deborah Batiste urged the gathering of senior officials, policymakers and education experts from the 56 participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to adopt a comprehensive approach to diversity education and anti-bias programming.

She introduced participants to ADL models that could be adapted in different countries to help children and adults challenge prejudice and discrimination and learn the skills necessary to live in an increasingly diverse world.

Ms. Batiste highlighted ADL programs which harness the power of technology and the Internet as a teaching tool, such as
Partners Against Hate, ADL Curriculum Connections and the Online A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ®Institute.  She emphasized the importance of using youth as a resource in fighting hate through peer training programs, and to engaging children as early as preschool, as ADL has done with its Miller Early Childhood Initiative.

Since the participating states have committed to promote Holocaust education, Ms. Batiste introduced
Echoes and ReflectionsA Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust developed in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and Yad Vashem, which uses online visual history testimonies and student resources.

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