Russian Center of Tolerance receives UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

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The UNESCO headquarters in Paris hosted a ceremony to award the Russian Center of Tolerance with the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

The $100,000 award is given out once in two years for active work in the sphere of science, creative art, culture and communication aimed at promoting the ideals of tolerance and non-violence. The award was established in 1995 on the occasion of the Year of Tolerance declared by the United Nations and to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The award is named after its inspiration and sponsor Madanjeet Singh (1924-2013), an Indian artist, writer and diplomat.

The laureate of Prize 2016, the Center of Tolerance (the Russian Federal Research and Methodology Centre for Tolerance Psyochology and Pedagogy), was chosen upon the recommendation of the jury to acknowledge the broad range of its activities, such as research and education programs aimed at encouraging a dialog between various religious confessions and ideologies, and paying special attention to young people. The center actively cooperates with UNESCO: in July 2016, with its support and participation, Paris hosted the international conference “Migration for sustainable development: social transformations, media discussions and education,” and launched a campaign titled “Opening Minds and Hearts for Refugees” in cooperation with the Network of Associated Schools. In the coming year, the Center and UNESCO plan some other joint projects.

A. Boroda, CEO of the Center of Tolerance, received the Prize from UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General for social and humanitarian sciences Nada Al-Nashif, head of the Madanjeet Singh Foundation France Marque and chair of the International Jury of the Prize Nadia Bernoussi.

The participants watched a film devoted to Madanjeet Singh and performances by two UNESCO Artists for Peace, Russian pianist S. Markarov and the International Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Oliver Kontogom.

Afterwards, the UNESCO headquarters hosted a reception on behalf of Russia’s permanent representative to UNESCO A. Kuznetsov and CEO of the Center of Tolerance A. Boroda.