Anti-Semitism is a security issue for Jewish communities and individuals in several regions and the driving force of various violent extremist ideologies. International organizations and national authorities in several countries have developed comprehensive approaches to address the problem. Despite this, preventing anti-Semitism through education and addressing its manifestations in education environments remains a challenge for policy-makers and educators.
To respond to these challenges, UNESCO collaborates with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in the framework of ODIHR’s project “Turning Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism”. This important project aims to strengthen the capacity of OSCE participating States and civil society to prevent and respond to anti-Semitism, through addressing the security needs of Jewish communities, countering anti-Semitism through education and fostering coalition building among communities.
As part of its efforts to prevent violent extremism through education and promote global citizenship, UNESCO contributes to the educational dimension of the project with a view to equip education policy makers with guidelines on this issue. UNESCO and ODIHR work together to identify gaps and promote effective practices, key policies and pedagogies to address anti-Semitism through and in education. In addition to a policy guide, UNESCO and ODIHR are developing teaching materials to address antisemitism in schools.