4.5 Initiatives promoting social inclusion and raising awareness
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The Icelandic National Curriculum Guide for Compulsory Schools, issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, includes six fundamental pillars which are meant to represented in the school work and should be evident in all educational activities as well as subjects and field of study. Among those fundamental pillars directly related to acceptance of cultural diversity are democracy and human rights and equality.
In 2010, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture wrote a statement concerning initiatives to counter prejudice and bullying in schools.
In 2012, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture held a seminar on educational issues in conjunction with immigrants. Among topics discussed were the importance of religious studies within the school system and that those studies reflected religious diversity.
There are no top-level initiatives regarding campaigns on young people’s rights. However there are some non-governmental organizations which have taken such initiatives. In 2012, the Icelandic Youth Association held a three day seminar for young people where the topic of discussion was human rights and the media. The seminar was attended by 84 young men and women from 26 youth councils across the country.
The main initiative by the top-level government regarding the prevention of radicalisation and safeguarding democracy are the six fundamental pillars disclosed in the National Curriculum Guide for Compulsory Schools (see subchapter on Intercultural awareness).