Inspiring Tolerance of Diversity
For the 3rd year in a row Infopulse provides financial support for a unique project aimed at enforcing inter-ethnic peace: International summer school “Sources of Tolerance” 2014. Internally displaced children from Crimea and the Donetsk region, children from anti-terrorist operation zone, and representatives of ethnic minorities of Ukraine attend the camp. Some Infopulse employees’ children also join the camp.
Understanding diversity and respect for differences
International inter-ethnic summer school “Sources of Tolerance” is a platform for communication of various national minorities of Ukraine. The project is created to foster peaceful coexistence, to lower inter-ethnic prejudice, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, to learn about traditions of various cultures through the game. Communicating with each other they learn how to cooperate and take to the account cultural differences and to respect other ethnic groups. Participants will develop skills of tolerant communication and action for human rights.
This year alongside with days of ethnic cultures thematic days are to be conducted: “Building bridges, not walls”, “Day of Peace”, “Day of Media Literacy”, and other educational activities. Their main goal is to develop critical thinking and to teach tolerant attitude to diversity. A special attention will be drawn to rehabilitation of children from stress caused by tensed social-political situation in the country.
Unique practices to teach cross-cultural understanding
School participants: children representatives of national minorities of Ukraine – Assyrian, Bulgarian, Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Crimean Tatar, Lithuanian, Moroccan, German, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Syrian, and a big group of Ukrainians. Addressing current situation in Ukraine the organizers have invited free of charge internally displaced children and children who live at dangerous territories of the Donbass and Crimea regions.
The summer school is working on the unique author educational method of plunging into ethnic cultures. The tutors work at secondary schools of Ukraine and in ethnic communities. More than a half of tutors are former graduates of the project. Civic activists and human rights experts are invited to join the program: director of the Center of civil liberties and author of “Euromaidan SOS” Olexandra Delemenchuk, trainers of International Criminal Court Model Olga Morkova and Katya Chernii, author of teacher guides on civic education Sasha Voitenko, forum theater jokers Kira Kreiderman, Andrii Knyzhnyy, and Yana Salahova.
About the Project
The project of Children inter-ethnic school “Sources of Tolerance” acts since 2002. The school is conducted every summer and lasts depending on funding 12 to 21 days in various places of Ukraine. To participate at summer school children and teenagers are writing an essay or drawing a picture about peace, or illustrating video-testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation. Since 2008 the project invites children refugees and victims of war conflicts. More about project activities of “The Sources of Tolerance” is on the website: tolerspace.org.ua
The summer school 2014 is organized with the financial support of Infopulse, Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, The International Renaissance Foundation, project “Ukrainian – Jewish encounter”, charitable donations of parents, spa resort and hotel “Sunny Valley”. Organizational support was provided by the Kyiv office of the Euro-Asian Jewish congress, Kyiv educational center “Tolerspace”, and the Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews.