APF in Brussels talks on extending its educational program across Europe

On Tuesday, Action and Protection Foundation took part in talks in Brussels regarding the only project in Europe to address Jewry as it appears in the national educational curricula, and discuss how to assess topics related to Israel and guiding principles in this regard.

The meeting attended on behalf of Action and Protection Foundation (APF) by Executive Director Kálmán Szalai, and the Director of the Hungarian educational project, Ferenc Olti, as well as President of the European Jewish Association (EJA), rabbi Menahem Margolin, was held with European Commissioner for Education, Tibor Navracsics, and European Coordinator on combatting anti-Semitism, Katharina Schnurbein.

Even as the fight against anti-Semitism becomes an increasingly urgent issue for Europe, the Action and Protection League of Europe (APLE) seeks, with the support of the Hungarian government, to extend the good practices of APF in Hungary across Europe, through the assessment of the pertaining parts of national educational systems and curricula, including recommendations for their reform, undertaking by these means to fight covert negative, hate-filled, anti-Jewish attitudes among young people, often formed on the basis of prejudices or false facts.

To achieve this, both APF and EJA will cooperate closely with the European Commission, to introduce educational models similar to those used in Hungary in a number of other European countries as well.

The aim of the project is to hinder, and if possible completely stop the growth of anti-Jewish attitudes in the most important sphere for combatting anti-Semitism, and through the means offered by the national public education system, with the active involvement of local Jewish communities. To achieve this, all primary and secondary school students in every EU country must be ensured positive curricula based on the facts in relation to the Jewish religion, culture, and history, organically bound up with majority and European society, and discussing the positive role of the Jewish minority in the social well-being of the nations, not to forget the subjects of ancient and modern Israel.

The seven-year project with the goals that the organizations set out to achieve in Hungary has concluded successfully, allowing over one million school students to learn about subjects related to Jewish religion, culture, community, and Israel.

Commissioner for Education, Tibor Navracsics assured the APF and EJA delegates of his support by taking the initiative of holding expert meetings in the coming weeks with the working groups operating in the framework of the European Parliament and Commission.