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On 24 September 2018, on the margins of the 39th Human Rights Council session, the Aga Khan Foundation Portugal, Arigatou International - Geneva, the European Wergeland Center, and the Pontifical Foundation - Scholas Occurrentes, co-organized the side-event titled “Empowering Youth Through Education - Challenging Xenophobia, Discrimination, and Exclusion among Youth in Europe”. The event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations in Geneva and moderated by UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Participants engaged in reflections about the role of education to foster learning to live together in Europe, particularly amidst the current climate of xenophobia and discrimination against migrants and refugees. During the event, participants also presented good practices of programs and policies in Europe to promote education for global citizenship, to foster pluralism in schools, to support teachers training and development, and to create spaces where young people from different backgrounds can learn and connect without being afraid to encounter and embrace differences. The panelists also discussed tools for monitoring and evaluation of programs and for measuring the impact of education interventions to foster pluralism, interfaith and intercultural learning and inclusive values.

At the center of the discussions, was the need to foster democratic and inclusive 
education opportunities for all. The panelists highlighted how the main role of education is to build inclusive societies, helping to create spaces for encounter and dialogue.

We kindly invite you to read the report.

Arigatou International - Geneva


39th HRC Side Event

“Empowering Youth Through Education - Challenging Xenophobia, Discrimination, and Exclusion among Youth in Europe”

08 March 2018 - Geneva
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