The fourth and final seminar took place at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, February 20-21. The seminar served to take stock of the current situation in education for intercultural understanding, civic education and human rights education in relation to history education in Poland and Norway. Monika Koszynska from POLIN and Alicja Pacewicz from the Civic Education Center presented the current challenges in the Polish education system. In an ever more polarized political climate there is a real and present danger for instrumentalization of history education for political purposes. Przemyslaw Iwanek from Humanity in Action, Poland, gave a talk on the increase in hate crime and hate speech in Poland, but also how these trends face a growing resistance from civil society.
The Norwegian participants at the seminar presented current trends and developments in Norway. EWC gave a presentation on the development of the “Learning Democracy at Utøya” project, and will together with POLIN invite Polish and Norwegian students to a training at Utøya this fall - one of the new projects resulting from the Faces of Diversity cooperation.
The fourth Polish-Norwegian seminar included participants from the 22 July Centre, the Holocaust Centre, the Narvik War and Peace Centre, the Falstad Centre and Stiftelsen Arkivet in addition to the organizations mentioned above. The findings of the four seminars will be presented in an online publication later this year. The Project has been financed through the EEA and Norway Grants.
The Polish-Norwegian seminars and workshops have been part of a 3-year cycle of activities organized by POLIN and partners, to teach participants about cultural, ethnic, religious and social diversity through music, discussions, photography, and much more. Providing a springboard for reflection on prejudice and stereotypes, the aim has been to create a platform for intercultural dialogue.
Photo: Krzysztof Zawadzki