On December, 10 is the International Human Rights Day since 1950. 2015 it seemed to be not so important day in Poland, because there were not planned any events e.g. on behalf of the Ministry of National Education.
There were some local events and the Coalition for Education against Discrimination prepares a letter to teachers and local activists related to this Day. You can read the letter here.
This year Human Rights Day highlights ’Freedoms,’ recalling the four freedoms that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants (more about it here).
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A think tank, other called policy institute or research institute, is an organization that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture.
There are a lot of think tanks in every democratic country. A very important think tank in Poland is Centre for Eastern Studies (Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia). It’s an independent public research institution monitoring the events and analysing the socio-political and economic processes taking place in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states, the Visegrad Group states, the Balkan states and Turkey. Continue reading „Being up to date thanks to think tanks”
Since 2003 activists in fields of cultural, language and civic exchange in East Central Europe, which are members of an association MitOst, meet annualy – each time in a different city – and develop themselves in different topics. Get to know MitOst here: www.mitost.org.
And read here a diary from the 13th International MitOst Festival written by Olga Konovalova:
„An old green train #115O that passes daily through Lviv and goes to Ivano-Frankivsk, or Stanislau (an old name of the city which I like more). It goes slowly without stops through the villages, endless picturesque fields and dense forests as it gives time specially for enjoying the landscape. The train has its typical knock sound which I missed in European trains. I ask the train conductor to bring me glass of tea in metal glass-holder, which is possible to find only in trains of post-soviet countries. I was drinking sourse by source the tea, enjoying the landscape and thinking what is waiting on me at MitOst festival. I was going without any expectations or knowledge what is going to happen and looking forward to discover the city, the festival and organization itself. Continue reading „A diary from the 13th MitOst Festival [Olga Konovalova]”
At the weekend parliamentary election takes place in Poland. It is a good moment for the analysis of political campaigns.
„Citizens decide” („Obywatele decydują”), „I love Poland” („Kocham Polskę”) and „We can do it” („Damy radę”) are new catchwords of political parties. It could not be antything wrong, but these slogans are slogans of ngo’s projects or other organizastions. Are there conscious actions or spin doctors’s inattention during electoral campaigns? Continue reading „I am looking for a good catchword [Marta Gałązka]”
Stories can change the world. A project team wrote on the Website transformativestory.org that they are „using stories to promote empowerment and social justice”. Their aim is to „generate stories aimed at catalysing action on pressing social issues”. Two local examples came to my mind.
Continue reading „Story that moves…”
Migration and discrimination of migrants were topics of a two day workshop at the Museum of History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
We learnt what we need to act against discrimination: knowledge, skills, reflection -> motivation to act. These reminds me of the concept of Swiss Johann Pestalozzi „head, heart and hand” [głowa, serce, ręka]. It means that our mind, feelings and actions should „act” together. Continue reading „How comes to discrimination? Be aware / Jak dochodzi do dyskryminacji? Uświadom sobie”
Why growth is so important? Lack of growth leads to stagnation. Obsession of innovation is the other extreme. On June, 11 (2015) I participated on lectures dedicated to growth and space to growth within an independent Ted event. The event had a title „Space to grow”. I especially enjoyed the lectures of Magdalena Kozłowska-Deć, Hoang Minh Ngo and Dawid Sokołowski. Continue reading „Space to grow”
Drama can be a very useful tool of education against discrimination. The society of Drama Practitioners STOP-KLATKA conduct a number of seminars about different drama techniques. These passionate people are working for social change by using the Applied Drama method and teach working with drama. Continue reading „Drama as a tool of education of antidiscrimination”
Looking for examples of brave but not out of reach people? Jan Karski was one of them. His life was an inspiration for the conference „Jan Karski. Human beings and H/history. Aims of education for antidiscrimination”. Continue reading „Jan Karski. Human beings and H/history”
Looking for network of NGO’s? Join the National Federation of Polish NGOs (Ogólnopolska Federacja Organizacji Pozarządowych, OFOP). OFOP is organising a meeting (a forum) of Polish non-governmental organisations every 4 years. Continue reading „Network of Polish NGO’s”