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Are there in schools good practices/positive initiatives and intercultural coexistence plans designed to solve problems of discrimination racism or xenophobia?

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24/01/2013 - 13:50
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On the school level, pupils support a project called “school without racism – school with courage” (Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage). More than 1000 school are part of the network. The participating schools are obliged to support initiatives against discrimination and racism, to address and eliminate discriminatory practices in school and to organize an event on the topic of discrimination once a year. The aim is to obtain a certificate as a “school without racism – school with courage”. If a school intends to obtain this certificate, the pupils need to take the initiative. They have to collect signatures of at least 70 per cent of school staff (teachers, secretaries, janitor, etc.) who commit themselves to actively combat every form of discrimination in their school. Further, the pupils have to look for a sponsor, usually persons from the fields of politics, arts, media, sports, etc., to support the pupils in their commitment [2].

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes, ADS) launched a pilot project entitled 'Non-Discriminatory University' (Diskriminierungsfreie Hochschule) in 2010. Indicators should be developed that identify discriminating structures and mechanisms. Eleven universities of Applied Sciences and universities from West and East German Federal States participate in this project, which last until 2012. The project develops a handbook of standards and indicators for non-discrimination and for approaches to encourage non-discriminatory practices at universities [1].


  1. Czock, Heidrun/ Heinzelmann, Susanne/ Donges, Dominik (2010/2011), Diskriminierungsfreie Hochschule: Mit Vielfalt Wissen schaffen,, Accessed on 13.02.2012.
  2. ‘School without racism – school with courage’ (Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage),, Accessed 16.02.2012.
Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Ethnic minorities, Asylum seekers, National minorities
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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism
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