More than 300 secondary school teachers across Belgium attend our cultural and religious diversity courses
Between November 2015 and March 2016, CEJI has given more than 20 training courses on various topics such as 'Understanding and managing cultural diversity in my class and my professional practice', 'Better understanding Judaism and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism' and 'Understanding Islam and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia'. These training courses have so far taken place in Hainault, Namur, Liege, Luxembourg province and Brussels. The final training course of our six month journey across Belgium took place towards the end of March at the Athénée Royal d'Ixelles, closing a cycle that brought together more than 300 secondary school teachers since we began back in November 2015.
The tragic events of 13 November in Paris and 22 March in Brussels shocked the world, both in their cruelty and their threatening of the values of our democratic society. CEJI offers training courses on both 'Overcoming Antisemitism' and 'Overcoming Islamophobia' and has been doing so since 2006. It is a unique programme in Europe for teachers and educators from all backgrounds.
According to CEJI Director Robin Sclafani:
CEJI's training courses are an urgent and important educational response to promote respect, tolerance and deconstruction of stereotypes. The fight against extremism, radicalism, but also the preservation of democratic values and freedom of expression are themes that need to be addressed for and with young people, now more than ever. "
The purpose of these training courses is to provide an introduction to Jewish and Muslim culture and religion and provide educators and teachers with practical tools to recognize and fight against contemporary manifestations of Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe stands with people of all backgrounds to promote a Europe of diversity and respect. A Jewish voice at European level, our activities include delivering diversity education, enhancing interfaith and intercultural dialogue, while advocating in the EU against antisemitism and discrimination of all kinds.
The attacks have once again reminded the international community of the urgency to reaffirm these values in Europe. 'Overcoming Antisemitism and Overcoming Islamophobia' is a crucial factor in educating tworards peaceful co-existance in Europe.