ACCEPT PLURALISM Dutch Launch Event
The Dutch launch event took place on June 17th in Amsterdam. The program (English version - Dutch version) intended to raise interest in the ACCEPT-pluralism project and to discuss some of the findings of the initial research of the project on tolerance and education.
About 40 people attended the event. They represented a wide variety of people with a background in local and national politics, academia, journalism, education, policy research, political parties as well as a number of interested citizens and students.
The workshop was introduced by Inge Versteegt researcher at the Dutch team. Her presentation presented some of the basic themes and dilemmas that ethnic diversity brings in to contemporary European societies and the possible responses to them (Presentation Inge Versteegt).
Erik J. Dekker, a professional mediator for public discussions, presented the afternoon. There were two invited speakers: Jeroen Bron (SLO, 'National Organization for Curriculum Development' and an expert on citizenship education in the Netherlands) and prof. dr. Ruard Ganzevoort (Professor of Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam and Senator. He is an expert on religious freedom and education in the Netherlands). There was a panel consisting of 5 people: Jasper van Dijk (MP, Socialist Party), Peter van Maaren (teacher and author of the book “Help, my teacher is Gay”, Zeki Arslan (FORUM, Institute for Multicultural Development), Gijsbert Vonk (Foundation of Reformed Schools, VGS) and Veit Bader (University of Amsterdam, ACCEPT-pluralism project leader). For a summary of the discussions that took place at the meeting please find a short report here.