U.S. Announces Collaboration with UNESCO to Teach Respect for All

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 30, 2011

The United States is pleased to announce an innovative partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the Government of Brazil, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to develop and promote an anti-racism curriculum entitled “Teaching Respect for All.”

The “Teaching Respect for All” curriculum will be developed over the next two years, after which time it will be disseminated worldwide by UNESCO through education ministries and the extensive network of UNESCO-affiliated schools.

The United States’ participation in this initiative underscores the enduring U.S. commitment to combating racism and racial discrimination. The initiative was first announced as an outcome of President Obama’s March 2011 visit to Brazil. The announcement of this project follows recent meetings on the margins of the UN General Assembly between Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, and Brazilian Under Secretary for Policy Vera Machado.

The official launch of the program will take place later this fall.

PRN: 2011/1645