Thursday 23 February
|Training in Yekaterinburg 29th-31st May 2006 for municipal employees of Sverdlovsk region|
|Written by Alex|
In Yekaterinburg from 29th to 31st May 2006 the Center for Interethnic Cooperation and the Association of Tajik culture “Somon” held a training for municipal employees and leaders of national organisations of Sverdlovsk region.
Subject of the training was “Tolerance – constituent part for a civil society”. This was the third training which was carried out within the framework of the project “Education for tolerant attitudes towards ethnic minorities, migrants and foreign citizens” which is financed by the embassy of the United States in Moscow and in parts by the American independent Mott Foundation.
It should be immediately emphasized that this time the participants of the training themselves took parts of the financing. The employees of municipal institutions paid for their tickets from their city to Yekaterinburg and back, as well as parts for their accommodation and meals in the guest house “Selena”. The leaders of national organisations assumed the costs for the cultural program. Actually, we created a precedent in
The support of the Department of Internal Policy has played a crucial role in the successful organisation and implementation of the training.
The training began in the evening of 29th May. At first, the participants gathered in the foyer of the building nr. 4 of the guest house “Selena”. Ashot Ayrapetyan, Director of the Center for Interethnic Cooperation, told about the aims and tasks of the training. The participants received handouts. Ashot said that he and a volunteer of the Center, Joanne Edwards from
After the official part, the participants moved to the veranda next to the building. The keeper of the guest house equipped the veranda in Old Russian style, next to the noisy woods. The nature is very beautiful at this place and at the end of May everything was blooming and smelling. The in advance prepared coal helped to fry sausages quickly, and, since in the organisation of the table everyone was involved, the first team-building game was rather successful.
On the next day, the participants of the seminar met at 10 o’clock with the consul-generals of the
After dinner, when the consuls had returned to Yekaterinburg, Ashot Ayrapetyan asked the participants of the training to explain what “tolerance” means to them. The participants were divided into three groups to do that. The leaders of the national organisations made up the first group, the other two contained the state officials. When the representatives of the groups reported about the results of the work, it turned out that there were no principal differences in the results and that they are fully consistent with the results of previous trainings. And, therefore, the manifestations of intolerant attitudes among people do not take place because few people of the society know and understand the concept of tolerance. The reason for this phenomenon is another.
Here are the results:
Portrait of “the representative of national minorities”
In turn, Marina Plyasnova, employee of the Department of internal policy, told about the activities of the administration of
Later on, the administration of the region plans to create a network of monitoring the interethnic situation in the areas of the regions. The network will be based on the staff of the municipal agencies. So the establishment of direct contacts to them and, in particular, the clarification of the administration’s policy in the sphere of interethnic relations was the main task for Marina Yurevna. Not less interesting were the speeches of the representatives of municipal agencies of
Next was the speech of Elena Sayenko. She is Head of the administration of the city of
Finally it was time for the main task of the training. Ashot divided the participants of the training into three mixed groups. The first had to work out recommendations for small cities, where everything is quiet and there is no intolerance towards ethnic minorities; the second group had to work out recommendations for areas where the population lives separated but there exist compact ethnic settlements; the third group had to work out recommendations for cities with a population of several thousand people. The leaders of national organisations were represented in all three groups.
The results of the group work are the following:
Federal educational system
Subordinate regulatory acts taking into account the local circumstances
Involvement of the media
Regional component in the education
Activities with national organisations
Collective deliberative bodies. Allocation of financial means for the support of national organisations
Interaction of the administration of the city with the police, court, prosecutor’s office
Creation of a commission to determine the need of foreign labour force
Using the media
Work with teachers
Competition of development program
Training of municipals
Active use of media
Work with the population on the benefits of immigration (demography, jobs)
Activation of ethnic communities and of the administration of the city
Promotion of the culture and the tradition of the nations of Northern Ural
Training of officials
Series of training for officials
Educational programs for State employees
Programs on integration
Creation of an integration network
An overall program of activities of all departments, coordinating body
Work with the youth
Use of the possibilities of the media
Broad acquaintance with the culture of nations (mentality)
Support and promotion of national cultures and traditions
Financial support of programs (municipal)
Development and adoption of municipal programs and projects
Merging of economical, political and social resources
Special courses in educational institutions and use of national-regional components
Holding of trainings for leaders of civil society organisations and different structures
As can be seen, the results of the groups do not differ significantly from each other. And therefore, a special “local” recipe for tolerance does not exist. It is necessary to work with the media, to prepare State officials, to develop an interaction with national organisations and to finance all this work.
The training was completed by that. It was very good, that the municipal official took actively part in this training. Just look at the picture to see this. They did not isolate themselves. They took gladly part in our interactive games.
Thus, the main result of the training is that State employees can and want to cope with problems of tolerance in their region. And therefore, a permanent program at the federal or regional level is necessary to allocate means so that this work can be done. However, as shown by this and previous trainings, it does not matter where the means for the mentioned program come from – from the budget of the country or foreign funds. The main thing is that the local administration understands and supports this work. And national organisations are always ready to take the most active part in this work.