29.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

International Seminar discusses Education on Ethnic-racial Relations

From 29 October to 1 November, specialists discuss public policies focusing on teacher training and curriculum development.

Some of the main goals of the International Seminar on Teaching Respect for All Project, offered by SEPPIR (Secretariat for Racial Equality Promotion Policies) with UNESCO from 29 October to 1 November at CNTC (National Confederation of Commerce Workers) in Brasilia are presenting the successful initiatives in Education on Ethnic-racial Relations in Brazil as well as the respective social indicator, and expanding the discussion about public policies in the area, focusing on teacher training and curriculum development. The first day of the event will be open to the public.

The seminar, produced in partnership with the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, as well as Palmares Cultural Foundation, aims at contributing to the work being conducted by a consulting group made up of specialists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Republic of Korea, Uganda, the West Bank, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland and Brazil. The legal frameworks of the ethnic-racial issue in Brazil will be presented as well as the experiences with elaboration of pedagogical material about African and African-Brazilian History and Culture for teachers working in primary education.

Presentations will focus on themes directed towards education and training for tackling cultural and ethnic-racial diversity as African-Brazilian and Indigenous Culture and History become mandatory classes in Brazil, establishing that schools, teachers and other education professional as well as pedagogic resources must be overseen and questioned regarding the re-dimensioning and reorientation of studies on the formation of Brazilian society.

Among the legal frameworks concerning the theme, the National Curriculum Guidelines for Education on Ethnic-racial Relations and African-Brazilian and African History and Culture stand out along with Laws n. 10.639/2003 and n. 11.645/2008 and the National Implementation Plan for those guidelines, published by the Ministry of Education.

The UNESCO-USA-Brazil Teaching Respect for All Project has the goal of outlining a curriculum structure that promotes tolerance, adaptable to the contexts and necessities of different countries.
Coordination of the Press Office for the Secretariat of Racial Equality Promotion Policies of the Presidency of the Republic – Seppir/PR
Juci Machado – (61) 2025-7040 / 9127-8708
Journalists – seppir.imprensa@planalto.gov.br
Carmen Lustosa – (61) 2025-7148
Fernanda Lopes – (61) 2025-7041 / 9922-3606
Sandro Lobo – (61) 2025-7038 / 9667-5135
Kamilla Pacheco – (61) 2025-7166
UNESCO Press Liaisons in Brazil
Ana Lúcia Guimarães – 61-2106 3536, 61-9966 3287, ana.guimares@unesco.org.br
Isabel de Paula – 61-2106 3538, 61-9846 8061, isabel.paula@unesco.org.br

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