January 26, 2016

Fostering Human Rights

The general aim of the project is making connections between the government institutions and the academic community, the media and non-government organizations in stressing out the great social responsibility we all have in creating public opinion and the effects it has on our youth.

More detailed objectives are:

• Introducing recent developments into the system of education in Republic of Serbia to the representatives of the Ministry of culture and media, and the Ministry of youth and sports.
• Establishing closer cooperation between government institutions in the field of education, culture and information as policy makers and crucial agents in education and culture/media responsible on the national level for shaping public opinion regarding the education for human rights and prevention of dangerous resurrected stereotypes.
• Developing common platform for educating students in media literacy, including the Internet (through recommendations) and suggesting the instruments for the dissemination (training seminars for teachers, summer schools, additional educational programs in schools or at university, etc.)
• Involving museums in the educational framework as external stimulating classrooms for the deconstruction of stereotypes and further students’ cultural networking.
• Raising awareness among different social agents in society by defining and recognizing the list of dangerous (historical, political, social, gender, cultural, etc.) stereotypes that could lead to new

The general aim of the project is making connections between the government institutions and the academic community, the media and non-government organizations in stressing out the great social responsibility we all have in creating public opinion and the effects it has on our youth.

More detailed objectives are:

• Introducing recent developments into the system of education in Republic of Serbia to the representatives of the Ministry of culture and media, and the Ministry of youth and sports.
• Establishing closer cooperation between government institutions in the field of education, culture and information as policy makers and crucial agents in education and culture/media responsible on the national level for shaping public opinion regarding the education for human rights and prevention of dangerous resurrected stereotypes.
• Developing common platform for educating students in media literacy, including the Internet (through recommendations) and suggesting the instruments for the dissemination (training seminars for teachers, summer schools, additional educational programs in schools or at university, etc.)
• Involving museums in the educational framework as external stimulating classrooms for the deconstruction of stereotypes and further students’ cultural networking.
• Raising awareness among different social agents in society by defining and recognizing the list of dangerous (historical, political, social, gender, cultural, etc.) stereotypes that could lead to new or restore old/frozen conflicts in the Republic of Serbia or the region.
• Creating a set or a list of recommendations on stereotypes from the perspective of education, culture and media.
• Creating a concrete action plan for the dissemination of recommendations and possible implementation in the fields of education, culture and media.
• Supporting the cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development, the Ministry of culture and media and the Ministry of youth and sport in the dissemination of the recommendations through their own agendas.
• Opening space for further development of the project on a regional level by creating the network (education, culture and media, NGO sector) and strategy for regional recommendations on the same/similar topic.

Taking into account the long-term and general aims, a set of recommendations was produced under
the project on Fostering human rights through deconstruction of stereotypes in education, culture and the media
which constitutes a specific tool whose implementation should support the relevant government institutions,
professional associations, segments of the academic and cultural community, the media and civil society in their
actions, taken individually or under a common platform, to deconstruct harmful stereotypes in society. This
would constitute affirmation of the postulates of civil and democratic society founded on respect of human
rights and open space for other projects and activities in the field of wider social inclusion, regional cross-border
cooperation and contribution to peace building efforts in the region.
Twelve general recommendations have been formulated for various areas which are further detailed
in specific recommendations. The general recommendations, even though they remain on a principle
level, refer to priority areas in the following order: Recommendations 1 to 4 address issues in education,
Recommendations 5 and 6 focus on cultural institutions, Recommendations 7 and 8 address the media,
whereas the last four recommendations permeate all social stakeholders and highlight at the same time
civil organisations as a potential interface between institutions and civil society