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INTERNATIONAL TOLERANCE EDUCATION CLEARINGHOUSE

A GLOBAL LINK for resources, best practices and network's on Tolerance Education.

This Clearinghouse allows organization and individuals working with children and youth to access available information on conflict resolution, Tolerance education, anti-bias, diversity and multi-cultural education.

This body of work is in keeping with the United Nation recommendations, in regards to Tolerance Education, as outline in the United Nations resolution under article #4 as follows.

Article #4 - Education:
4.1 Education is the most effective means of preventing intolerance. The first step in tolerance education is to teach people what their shared rights and freedoms are, so that they may be respected, and to promote the will to protect those of others.

4.2 Education for tolerance should be considered an urgent imperative; that is why it is necessary to promote systematic and rational tolerance teaching methods that will address the cultural, social, economic, political and religious sources of intolerance-major roots of violence and exclusion. Education policies and programmes should contribute to development of cultural, religious and linguistic groups and nations.

4.3 Education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others, and should help young people to develop capacities for independent judgement, critical thinking and unethical reasoning.

4.4 We pledge to support and implement programmes of social science research and education for tolerance, human rights and non-violence. This means devoting special attention to improving teacher training, curricula, the content of textbooks and lessons and other educational materials, including new educational technologies, with a view to educating caring and responsible citizens open to other cultures who are able to appreciate the value of freedom, respectful of human dignity and difference, and able to prevent conflicts or resolve them by non-violent means.
Principles of ToleranceDECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES ON TOLERANCE

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN TOLERANCE EDUCATION

President's Initiative on Race
The New Executive Office Building
Room 3236
Washington, DC 20503
202/395-1010
202/395-1020
www.whitehouse.gov/gov/initives/OneAmerica

Lin Liu is the Deputy Director and head of Promising Practices Project and Bruce Anderson is her assistant. They have developed a database of over 150 tolerance/diversity/multicultural education programs functioning in the US. The database is on the Internet and their names are listed in hardcopy on the list attached. Soon the list will be printed with full coordinates, anyone can request a copy.

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Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery AL 36104
Jim Cairns Director
Phone: 334 264-0286
Fax: 334/264-3121
E-mail: Penny@SPL.Org

The Center is the publisher of Teaching Tolerance, a 64-page journal that goes out twice a year to over 600,000 educators.

Jim Cairns is the Director of the Teaching Tolerance Project of the SPLC. He sees his organization as a clearinghouse for teaching tolerance education in the United States. He is willing to work with us in any way. The Tolerance Center will be a major contributor to the international clearinghouse for contributing materials generated in the U.S. It is the premier organization for sharing information on tolerance education materials. Plus they put out materials directly--in addition to the magazine, a few videos and other printed material.

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Education International
155, Boulevard Emile-Jacqmain (8),
1210 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 32 2 224 0611
Fax: 32 2 224 0606

Membership is some 284 national trade union organizations representing 23 million teachers and workers in education in 149 countries or territories.

Mary Hatwood Futrell of the USA is its president and Fred van Leeuwen of The Netherlands is the General Secretary. One of its three main purposes is to promote peace, democracy, social justice, equality and application of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights through development of education and collective strength of teachers and education employees.

This will be a very important network for the International Clearinghouse on Tolerance Education.

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Jill Christianson
Senior Professional Associate
National Education Association
Executive Office
1201 16th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-3290
Phone: (202) 822-7046
Fax: (202) 822-7974

(Joanne Eide is the Manager)

Oklahoma, California, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky and Maryland all have laws on teaching multicultural issues in the classroom. (See copy of the State of Maryland law.)

Jill Christianson worked on the passage of the Maryland law. Congress dropped $7 - 14 million Title IV funds for 1964 Civil Rights Act; these funds deal with race, gender and national origin issues. NEA has a huge US membership and is also active in international circles.

NEA has 52 state-level affiliates, 10,000 delegates, which meet in their representative assembly. "The Association seeks a quality education for each child in safe schools where children can learn the basics, practice values such as responsibility and teamwork, and prepare for jobs of the future."

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Anti-Defamation League
Abe Foxman Executive Director
823 United Nations Plaza
New York City, NY 10017
Phone: 212 885-7713
Fax: 212 867-0779
Ms. Lindsay Friedman, Director
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute
e-mail: webmaster@adl.org
This global organization has a Website and a U.S. program called "World of Difference."

United Religions
Bishop William Swing, Conveyor
1055 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94108
Phone: 415/561-2300
Fax: 314/230-2313

United Religions, to be modeled on United Nations, and inspired by a talk given by Robert Muller at the Second Parliament of the World's Religions, has over 500 organizations worldwide working with this initiative. The Initiative includes a tolerance platform. Paul Andrews and Charles Gibbs are two staffers of the organization.

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National Center for Dispute Resolution
1666 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC
Marge Baker Executive Director
Phone: 202/ 265-9572
Fax: 202/ 202 466-4769
This organization is the trade group for professionals in the Conflict Resolution profession. They are the producers of an annual conference, have a website, and keep a library of information to teach non-violent intervention and conflict resolution.

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CIVICUS
919 18th Street, N.W.
Third Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202/8518
Fax: (202) 331-8774
E-mail: info@civicus.org

Kumi Naidoo, presently the Executive Director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) is the new Executive Director. CIVICUS now has over 400 organizations around the world.

The Israeli Center for Tolerance Education
c/o Haim Roet, Founder
6, Hamelitzstreet
Jerusalem 93116, Israel
Phone: 972-2-5631199
Fax: 972-2-5662283

This organization, founded within the last six months, has pulled together the 400+ organizations in Israel dealing with tolerance education.

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Nick Dunlop
International Coordinator
Earth Action
15 New Row
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4LA
United Kingdom
Phone: 44-171-497-5300
Fax: 44-171-497-5400

Nick Dunlop has about 2,000 partner organizations in over 140 countries which receive his materials on global citizen actions for environmental issues. He is working with UNICEF to get his educational materials passed out through their network of schools. This organization is primarily environmental; however, it reaches into 140 countries through a wide variety of NGOs.

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Global Education Associates
475 Riverside Drive
#1848
New York, NY 10115 USA
Phone 212/ 870-3290
Fax: 212/ 870-2729

Patricia Mische, Director

GEA has over 165 religious organizational affiliates and at least as many organizations cooperating worldwide.

National Association for Multicultural Education
1511 K Street, NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC 20005

Jill Moss Greenberg of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Jill Christianson is on the board of that organization. See enclosed materials. Their 8th "international" conference will be held on October 7 - 11, 1998, St. Louis Missouri.

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham AL 35203
Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr.
Executive Director
Phone: 305/328-9696
Fax: 305/ 328-5219
Angela Hall, Director of Education

They are developing curricula for tolerance education.

Operation Understanding
2120 S Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202/ 234-6832
Fax: 202/ 387-8488
Karen Kalish, Founder, Executive Director

Operation Understanding rebuilds the "historic and once-effective relationship between African Americans and Jews through the youth-the next generation of leaders from both groups."

The Leadership Conference Education Fund
1629 K Street, NW
Suite 1010
Washington DC 20006

This organization worked with Nickelodeon to produce videotapes on tolerance.

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Barbara H. Rickveld
Email: Barbara@iadb.org

I am told she is the USAID person involved with tolerance education and works in Latin America.

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Rose Wheeler
Executive Director
City of Peace
3305 8th St., NE
Studio A
Washington, D.C. 20017-3504
Phone: 202/529-2828
Fax: 202/529-1654

City of Peace is a DC 501(c)3, a youth development program using the performing arts as a vehicle to teach diverse groups of teenagers, between the ages of 13-19, in conflict resolution training and to assist them in addressing the problems that afflict their lives.

Recently, Susan Koch did a 90-minute documentary, which will preview at the Lincoln Center this fall. Barbara Streisand saw Ted Koppel's Nightline feature on City at Peace and became the Executive Producer for the documentary.

Rickey Payton, Sr.
President/Artistic Director
Urban National Voices of Youth HIP HOP Choir
4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Suite 106-255
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202/ 678-2522
Fax: 202/ 829-3225

Rickey is very enthusiastic about a national movement through music for tolerance education and also an international clearinghouse. He worked with "Peace Child International". Sheila Johnson of Black Entertainment Television is on the Board of the Urban National Voices of Youth HIP- HOP Choir.

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Avideh Shashaani
Foundation for the Future of the Children
Phone: 202/364-2606

The Foundation for the Future of the Children has as its concern spreading tolerance through music. It features multicultural choirs from local schools (Georgetown Day, for example) and a lullaby by a Jewish and Palestinian mother and around the world. The Foundation's board includes Princess Basma of Jordan, Eli Weisel, and others. She recommended we get in touch with Colin Powell. They will be developing materials on tolerance.

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The Maryland Department of Education has 94 pages of an annotated multicultural resource handbook called Connections. I put our name on the list to receive a copy. Linda Shevitz has run the National Campaign for the Maryland Department of Education. She put a national coalition together to deal with the issue of Title IV funds and put together Connections. Her number is 410-767-0428.

Connections includes: multicultural resources on the internet; selected professional references; publishers and distributors of multicultural materials; bookstores, bibliographies, periodicals, teaching tolerance and prejudice reeducation programs, national organizations, state and regional organizations, multicultural resource centers in Maryland, museums, libraries, galleries and research centers, historic sites, education: multicultural education development courses, multicultural and equity student organizations, student achievement programs, multicultural videos and additional resources.

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Pop Against Racism
The Netherlands

This organization reaches some 80,000 young people during a week's series of pop concerts held in Holland.

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Pathways to Peace
Avon Mattison
PO Box 1057
Larkspur, CA 94939
Phone: 415/ 461-0500
Fax: 415/ 925-0330

Avon Mattison is currently playing an important role in the Peoples Millenium project which has international NGOs involved. She is interested in working with us on the international tolerance education clearinghouse.

Rob Wheeler
MPAN Coordinator/Millennium Forum
Interim Steering Committee Member
P.O. Box 328
Scotland, PA 17254-0328 USA
Phone: 717 264-5036
Fax: 717 264-0957
E-mail: robineagle@hotmailcom

The Millennium People's Assembly Network (NPAN) is acting in response to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's invitation to civil society and the NGO community to hold a "People's Millennium Assembly" in the year 2000.

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UN Organizations with NGOs interested in Tolerance Education

UNICEF: Contact: Andre Geurrero (212) 326-7472, AGEURRERO@unicef.org. Sheldon Shaffer (Email: shaffer@unicef.org will come on board as the new director of education in a few months.)

UNESCO Contact: Michael Milward heads up NGO liaison: Fax: 331-4568-5643; email: m.mileward@unesco.org (Of course Secretary General Mayor, his contact Tom Forestezen

Commission on Human Rights: Ms. Elissavet Stamatopoulou-Robbins (212) 963-5930

UNESCO POWER OF CULTURE CONFERENCE
THOSE INTERESTED IN TOLERANCE EDUCATION

Heba Hassanein
AIESEC (Business and Economics Students, an international organization) hebaf@hotmail.com

She suggested we contact through her the Supreme Council for Youth and sports, Dr. Abdel-Moneim Omara, Minister

Paavo Hohti
Finnish Cultural Foundation
ph@skr.fi

Evy Warholm
Central Committee for Women's Rights Movement in Gothenburg
evy.warholm@mailbox.swipnet.se

Edna Pasher
Israeli Foundation of Quality Management
pasher@trendline.co.il

Lloyd G. Mothusi
Botswana National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education
Fax: 267-3655458

Roy Cezar Silva
Brazil
Fax: 2453089

Antonio Pitanga
Conseiller Municipal - Ubuntu
Fax: 021-2626481

Professor Tess Onwueme
English Department
University of Wisconsin
onwuemto@uwec.edu

Henning Melchoir
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Denmark
henmel@um.dk

Bengt Nordlof
Swedish Esperanto Association
bengt@esperanto.se

Albert Nkunzi
ZIFTAU
Zimbabwe
Fax: 263-4-793634

Maria Nyman
Gothenburg University
Dept. of Cultural Studies
Maria.Hyman@kultur.gu.se

Lis. Patricia Perez Walters
Museum Coordinator
Hacienda
Mexico City
Fax: 228-1246

Anna-Leena Siikala
University of Helsinki
Department of Folklore
Tel: 358-9-422-402
email: anna-leena.silkala@helsinki.fi

Prof. Dr. Sultan Muhesen
Director General
Museum of Antiquities
Damascus Syria
Tel: 22 34 331
Fax: 22 47 983

Yan William Siewertsz van Reesema
Doctor of History
The New Millenium Foundation
Moscow, Russia
Tel Fax: (095) 276-7515

Bahar Munip
Secretary General
Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction
New Delhi, India
email: aarohq@hub.nix.in

Michel Schooyans
Professor, University of Louvain
Tel: 3210450166
Fax: 3210457537
EM: schooyan@mora.ucl.ac.be


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