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Date: 07/02/2008

Council of Europe – Newsletter no. 24, Autumn-Winter 2007, 16 pages: in english, (en français).

Excerpts:

Editorial: For most people, globalisation is an economic phenomenon, the effects of which, real and imagined, are debated and analysed almost daily in the media. But globalisation is not restricted to resources, industry and trade: it is just as active in our cultural, political and social systems. Globalisation entails a convergence of patterns of production and onsumption, resulting in homogenisation. There are clearly two sides to this coin: armonisation and common standards are perceived as positive insofar as they enable and sustain diversity and plurality. If they begin to rhyme with uniformisation, they become a threat. This also applies, not least, to learning and knowledge …

… “Teaching and learning the diversity of histories and the history of diversity”, Strasbourg, 18-19 June: How does one teach and learn history in a multicultural society increasingly mindful of its diversity? This is the key question which the project “The image of the other in history teaching”, launched by the Steering Committee on Education in 2006, seeks to answer. In particular, how can the diversity of histories be taken into account in ever more complex societies? Can the history of diversity, which is nothing new, be of help in addressing sometimes difficult or sensitive subjects in an open, tolerant way founded on respect for others? …


… Teaching about cultural diversity through history: the Council of Europe’s activities in Russia in 2007 In 2007, the Council of Europe in cooperation with its main partner in the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education and Science, organised a seminar on Teaching about cultural diversity through history: present-day situation, challenges and future evelopments”, (Moscow, April 2007) and another on “The use of sources when teaching about cultural diversity through history” (Joshkar-Ola, Republic of Mari El, July 2007) …

… Intercultural dialogue through education: “Fostering a Culture of Human Rights in Ukraine and South Caucasus” is the title of a Joint Programme of Co-operation between the European Commission and the Council of Europe designed specifi cally to help Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia raise awareness of and apply European human rights standards through education …

… and many more items … (full text, 16 pages).

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