Progress report to UNESCO 2010
No Ref: 269
Monsieur Georges HADDAD,
Division de l’ Enseignement Superieur
UNESCO – Chaires UNESCO
7, place Fontenoy 75352
For Information: Permanent Greek Delegation to UNESCO ,Paris
Madam Aikaterini Tzitzikosta,
Programme Unitwin / Chaires UNESCO
Report of Activities
Period of Activities: academic year 2009-2010
Title of UNESCO Chair de Politique Interculturelle pour une citoyennete active et solidaire
Report written by Professor P. Naskou-Perraki, UNESCO Chair Holder – Director of the activities
I. Address and Conduct
a) Paroula Naskou-Perraki
Professor of International Law and International Organizations
Department of International and European Studies
b) Kalliopi Chainoglou
Dr. (PhD in International Law)
Elected Lecturer in International and European Institutions
Department of International and European Studies
Other Persons to conduct
c) Zafeiris Tsiftzis
Candidate LLM in Public International Law
II. Available Resources
- Human Resources
Number of posts
One Professor – Full time
One Lecturer – Full time
Number of Persons invited
1)Ms. Stenou, Director of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue
2) Ms. Tzitzikosta, President of the Greek National Commission of UNESCO
3)Ms. Paliadieli, Member of the European Parliament
4) Representatives of the Direction of Secondary Education in
5) Representative and Museum expert from
6) Representatives of the Associated Schools with UNESCO in
7) Representatives of the Intercultural
Number of administrative persons
Other persons participating in the activities of the Chair
Internship: 50 persons
Undergraduate and postgraduate students of our University and
The ‘Chair UNESCO de Politique Interculturelle pour
1. Academic activities
Education (leading to certification)
Various courses are taught at the University which aim in human rights education and the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as a means to gain an active/democratic citizenship.
At the Department of International and European Studies, the courses of “International Protection of Human Rights” and “Cultural Diplomacy” are taught. At the Department of Educational and Social Policy the course of “Introduction to Intercultural Education” is taught.
Also, Seminars are offered twice a year on Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue, with emphasis on intercultural policies, which are adopted by various international organizations, i.e. UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Union.
Training (short term) /Research
Training and research at the UNESCHO Chair are materializing through internship at UNESCO Chair.
The main purpose of offering an internship to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the UNESCO Chair is for the students to familiarize themselves with the purposes and the programmes of UNESCO at global and regional level. Under the supervision of Professor Perraki the students are encouraged to study the international instruments under which the protection of human rights is guaranteed. Emphasis is put in the right to education. The tasks of internees include the translation and critical analysis of the jurisprudence of various international organizations, the collection and assessment of political initiatives adopted by various international organization as well as the assessment of the implementation of these initiatives at national level, especially with regard to intercultural policy, the promotion of cultural diversity in various sectors, inter alia the sector of education. The number of internees reaches approximately 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The internees at the UNESCO Chair are divided into five working groups. The tasks of each Working Group are the following:
The First Working Group, known as the “Journalists’ Team”, works throughout the academic year in order to collect any information on the activities of UNESCO. The Journalists’ team translates into Greek the collected information which is then edited and published either in print or on the website of the UNESCO Chair (http://afroditi.uom.gr/chaireunesco/). The work of the Journalists’ team is purely informative.
The Second Working Group, aims in conducting research on the right of education as it has been interpreted in the international jurisprudence (i.e. UN Committees, etc) and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. The members of this Group studies and translates the caselaw into Greek
The Third Working Group aims in the collection of data and information on the activities of museums in
The Fourth Working Group conducts research by visiting intercultural schools in
The Fifth Working Group conducts research on the implementation of the right to education and intercultural education in the countries of
2. Conferences/ Meetings
6 March 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki, was invited at a symposium on “Women then and now: Diverse approaches to the life of the second gender” whereby she spoke about the “International Protection of Women’s Rights”.
8 March 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki, who has published extensively on the protection of women’s rights, was invited to deliver a speech on “Why we should still celebrate Women’s Day” at the event which was organized by Pan-thessalonikean Movement of Citizens “Alkyoni” at the
21 April 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki was invited to lecture on “The rights of the Child” at the Interdisciplinary Educational Programme on Human Rights and Peace which is organized by the UNESCO Chair of the
27 April 2010, Ms. Aikaterini Stenou, Director of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, was invited by UNESCO Chair to deliver a speech on “The new international cultural order”. The event was attended by Ms. Tzitzikosta and the representatives of associated Schools with UNESCO in
28 April 2010, Dr. Kalliopi Chainoglou, assistant to UNESCO Chair, was invited by the Second Highschool of Neapoli in Thesaloniki to introduce pupils to the purposes and programmes of UNESCO on the protection of human rights and specifically, the right to education. A fruitful dialogue followed between Dr Chainoglou and the pupils who were enthusiastic about the significant role of UNESCO in our lives.
25 June 2010, UNESCO Chair in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Refugees organized an event at the
9-11 September 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki as the Director of the UNESCO Chair, represented the Chair in the International Forum for Women which was organized in
9-10 October 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki, who is one of the academics in Greece to work on and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, was invited to speak on the “UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” at the 2-day conference “People with disabilities and how they are protected by the international human rights instruments”, organized by the local association of disable people in Drama.
18-19 October 2010, the UNESCO Venice Office in cooperation with the Greek National Commission of UNESCO, the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the International Council of Museums and the UNESCO Chair organized, within the context of the Year of Reapproachment of Civilizations, an international conference in Thessaloniki under the title “National History Museums in South-East Europe: Leaning History, Building Shared Activities”. The UNESCO Chair was represented at the conference by the Director of the Chair, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki whose contribution was significantly appreciated as she emphasized the need to establish a partnership between the historical museums and the institutions of higher education in order to better facilitate the purposes of intercultural policy. Her contribution will be published on the proceedings of the Conference.
9 November 2010, the UNESCO Chair in cooperation with the Direction of Secondary Education of Thessaloniki organised an event on “Human Rights in High-school”. The aim of this event was to inform the stakeholders on the work of UNESCO and the protection of human rights. This successful event cemented the establishment of cooperation between UNESCO Chair and the Direction of Secondary Education in
27 November 2010, the UNESCO Chair in cooperation with the two UNESCO Chairs of the
28 November 2010, Professor P. Naskou-Perraki was invited to deliver a speech on “The decision of the Permanent Court of International Justice with regard to education of the Greek minority in
27 January 2011, UNESCO Chair invited a member of the European Parliament, Professor Ch. Paliadeli, to deliver a lecture to postgraduate students, on the “Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label”. Professor Paliadeli has conducted significant work on the modification of the European Heritage label in order to further promote the idea of a common European identity and emphasise the educational value and dimension of the sites which are awarded this label.
3. Interuniversity Exchanges/ Partnerships
Ø Undergraduate and postgraduate students of other Universities, i.e.
Ø Cooperation with the two UNESCO Chairs of Aristotle University.
Ø Cooperation with the UNESCO Youth Club of
4. Publication and multimedia materials
The UNESCO Chair has established since 2008 “Publications of UNESCO Chair”. The following books were published in 2010:
1) Antonia Zervaki, “The concept of world cultural and natural heritage: The contribution of UNESCO”, PUBLICATIONS OF UNESCO Chair, Ant. N. Sakkoulas,
2) Leaflet on the “Activities of UNESCO Chair” [in Greek, soon to be translated in English and French]
The outcomes of the work of the UNESCO Chair have been to promote the protection of human rights, with emphasis on the right to education, and the promotion of human rights education, intercultural policy, intercultural dialogue and intercultural education at all levels of our society (academic, civil, etc.) The UNESCO Chairholder has worked hard to establish a network between the UNESCO Chair and the museums in
The UNESCO Chair progressively appeals to more and more students every year who wish to be involved in various aspects of the work of the Chair as internees. At the same time, the UNESCO Chairholder, as a respected academic, is invited to numerous events and conferences to lecture on human rights and the promotion of intercultural dialogue, and has contributed significantly to nurturing and establishing networks and links across academic disciplines as well as other social, public policy and civil society areas.
V. Forthcoming activities
The UNESCO Chair is collecting international instruments and information concerning intercultural policies and intercultural dialogue within the context of international and regional organizations. Furthermore, the UNESCO Chair is co-operating with the
Also, a number of books are in preparation:
1) Professor P. Naskou-Perraki and a group of young academics under her wise supervision are preparing a book on the right to education. The purpose of this book is to present how the right to education is implemented at global, regional and national level, especially with regard to vulnerable groups, i.e. immigrants, refugees, repatriated Greeks, and Roma.
2) UNESCO Book of “Questions and answers on Human Rights” [translated in Greek by the internees at UNESCO Chair], awaiting for permission by UNESCO in order to proceed with the publication
VI. Development prospects
The UNESCO Chair has already established co-operation with the other two UNESCO Chairs of the
The UNESCO Chair is in co-operation with groups of volunteers from the civil society and will embark on the organization of events in order to celebrate the Year of Volunteering 2011 and promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
The promotion of human rights and the need for intercultural dialogue is necessary to the achievement of the goals of UNESCO. It may seem endless but it is the most rewarding and effective process. The commitment of the UNESCO Chair in studying, analyzing, distributing information and raising awareness on intercultural policy for a democratic citizenship (a concept that describes best the term “active citizenship”) contributes to the goals of the UNESCO. The UNESCO Chair recognizes that raising awareness on human rights education is a means to implementing successfully intercultural policies. For this reason, the UNESCO Chair aims in broadening the existing networks that have been established under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair and will continue to work towards promoting human rights for a democratic citizenship by reaching out to policy-makers, professionals (i.e. educators, teachers, lawyers, etc.) and civil society.
Annexes Sources of financial and material contributions
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