MADRID, 27 November 2007 - The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, ODIHR, will launch a new guide on preparing curricula for teaching about religions and beliefs in a manner sensitive to human rights concerns on Wednesday in Madrid, ahead of the OSCE's Ministerial Council.
The publication, Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools, is designed to assist educators, legislators, teachers and officials in education ministries and in private or religious schools to ensure that teaching about different religions and beliefs is carried out in a fair and balanced manner.
"It is important for young people to acquire a better understanding of the role that religions play in today's pluralistic world," the ODIHR Director, Ambassador Christian Strohal, said in his forewords to the book. "The need for such education will continue to grow as different cultures and identities interact with each other through travel, commerce, media or migration."
The Guiding Principles are developed by the ODIHR Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion or Belief, together with other leading experts. They list procedures for assuring fairness in the development of curricula, as well as treatment of pupils from many different faith backgrounds. The Spanish OSCE Chairmanship paid for the publication of the book.
Journalists are invited to the launch at 12:00, Wednesday 28 November at 12:00 at the Municipal Conference Centre of Madrid. Media accreditation is not needed to cover this particular event.
The publication is available on this link: http://www.osce.org/item/28314.html