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The Power of Education for Countering Racism and Discrimination: The case of anti-Semitism
26 Sep 2018 -  Racism and discrimination are global issues, as is anti-Semitism: wherever it expresses itself, it is a symptom of broader social and political problems. It is accompanied by gender-based violence and other forms of intolerance. Anti-Semitism feeds conspiracy theories and violent extremist ideologies that represent trans-national threats. As with all forms of discrimination and intolerance, antisemitism must be countered through education, to build the resilience of young people to extremist ideologies. Addressing anti-Semitism through education is therefore both an immediate security imperative and a long-term educational investment to promote human rights and global citizenship. The high-level panel will highlight the importance of combating racism and discrimination on a global scale, with a focus on anti-Semitism, as part of the overall effort to prevent and counter violent extremism and will seek to promote existing materials for policy-makers published by UNESCO jointly with the OSCE to governments, human rights organizations and other education stakeholders. The main objectives of the event is to mobilize national governments and education stakeholders to address racism and discrimination, including anti-Semitism, through education and to further international collaboration with UNESCO and the United Nations on relevant initiatives.