fyi, sad but true... The Chief of Polish Center for Teachers' Training is fired for promotion of COMPASS!!! by Dariusz Grzemny - Friday, 9 June 2006, 02:11 PM Just copy the letter I posted to the world... Dear friends, As you probably heard, today The Polish Minister of Education Mr. Roman Giertych, officially dismissed The Director of Polish In-Service Teachers Training Centre for the publication of "Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people". In the letter of dismissal it is clearly stated that the only reason was to be involved in publishing the manual. The minister says: "...This Manual speaks about issues of the homosexual relations as being equal to the matrimonial relations between woman and man. The contents included in this Manual accept thesis that the prohibition of matrimonial homosexual relations and the adoption of children by homosexual couples may constitute an element of discrimination. Such contents are in contradiction to the core curriculum for general education; therefore they can not be, by any means, presented as methodological resources for teacher..." Here in Poland we are very affected by this decision, which was also followed by the interview of the Vice-minister of Education, who said in today's news that the Ministry is considering banning the distribution and sale of COMPASS. The Minister of Education, a leader of the League of Polish Families Party, a nationalistic party wants instead to concentrate on introducing the new subject in schools, which will be called patriotic education, where young people will learn how to be real Polish Patriots and good citizens, whatever that means. The Minister's decision and the attempt to ban the distribution of Compass are against Polish Constitution, which prohibits censorship and gives all Polish citizens all rights and freedoms, which are also stated in the European Convention of Human Rights. We would like to ask you for your support and protest against these decisions. All support is important. Please write your e-mails or faxes to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Here are the details: E-mail: email@example.com Fax: +48 22 694-68-26 Thanks a lot for your understanding. Dariusz Grzemny Association for Children and Young People CHANCE Responsible for the Polish translation of Compass ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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