HUMAN RIGHTS and CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY. Ivana Dragic Peaceful School International – Initiative in Serbia & Montenegro. I STATE of HUMAN RIGHTS and CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY In Yugoslavia (now Serbia & Montenegro). COMPLEX INFLUENCES AND HISTORY.
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(now Serbia & Montenegro)
MAJOR INFLUENCES IN ANCIENT HISTORY
1. Crossing border between Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire
2. Crossing border between Ottoman Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire
Strong religious influences of three major confessions:
Islam, Orthodox and Catholic Christianity among people speaking the same language
change of the name of the State
on Serbian leaders
Socialistic federative Republic of Yugoslavia
THE STATE I WAS BORN IN
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Bombing of my home town Pancevo, April 1999
October 5thRevolution 2000
Leader with a real vision
Dr. Zoran Djindjic 1952-2003
“Cultural sustainability” is a new term, and one not easily defined. The word culture means many things to many people. We use it in the broadest sense to mean 'our values and aspirations, traditions and shared memories, the ways we develop, receive and transmit these, and the ways of life these processes produce'.
Sustainability can be defined as :
“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations”.
Put these ideas together and we’ll have cultural sustainability – “developing, renewing and maintaining
human cultures that create positive, enduring relationships with other peoples and the natural world”.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, "Like truth, culture and creativity are enduring."
ADDRESSING MENTALITY OF SERBIAN PEOPLE
- Put together five intelligent and capable persons in order to make a decision and you’ll get “dumb group” of five people
HELPING PEOPLE TO ORIENTATE
THEMSELVES AND THEIR SURROUNDINGS
IN A MANNERS OF PEACE EDUCATION PRINCIPLES
AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
SUMMER SCHOOL “100 x Better!” (2000)
10 days camp with 100 participants age 18-27 from Pančevo
Lectures about peace-building, human rights, ecology;
Workshops – identity, values, prejudices, team building
NGO “Pančevo Civil Reaction” – GruPa, Pancevo
HUMAN RIGHTS TIME MACHINE (2001)
Seminar on violation of human rights for lawyers
NGO “Pančevo Civil Reaction” – GruPa, Pančevo
PEACEFUL SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL (since 2000)
Founded by Hetty Van Gurp with Headquarter in Nova Scotia, Canada
Schools that become members of Peaceful Schools International are encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to many of the following:
Ongoing support from PSI
Hetty visiting our school
Students from Serbia and Canada on summer camp “Way to Peace”
Various activities in school
Students for Teaching Peace, March 2005