The International Conference on tolerance in the modern school "Does the different have to be lonely?"
On 29th and 30th of May 2004, as an integrative part of the 5th European Picnic, The International Conference on tolerance in the modern school "Does the different have to be lonely?" took place in Marshal Stanisław Małachowski High School.
Topic areas for the discussion - tolerance towards: various races, ethnic groups, cultures, political beliefs, religions, the disabled and ill, subcultures; reasons for the lack of acceptance of differences within personalities and lifestyles.
The programme of the Conference included:
- "Pinocchio" - the performance by the actors of the Integrating Theatre i.e. Małachowianka students and inmates of the Social Welfare House in Brwilno;
- presentations by the respective countries on tolerance towards the various aspects of the "difference" based on their own experiences (including audiovisual presentations);
The following towns were represented by groups of young people, who made presentations on the following topics:
Thurrock (UK) - "The role of the school uniform"
Darmstadt (Germany) - "Symbols of tolerance in Darmstadt"
Loznica (Serbia) - "Respect for other people in teacher - student relationships"
Moldavia - "Causes of intolerance at school"
Russia - "Stereotypes and prejudices"
Italy - "Religious symbols in school of tolerance"
During the conference the following people took the floor:
Deputy head of "Małachowianka", Mrs. Renata Kutyło-Utzig - opening,
Director of the Social Assistance House "Antoniówka" in Brwilno - history of the cooperation between "Małachowianka" students and the inmates,
Prof. Priest Wojciech Góralski - speech "Tolerance in religion and church law"
Ms Kalaszczyńska - speech "The problems of the disabled in the city of Płock; architectural barriers"
Student-actor of the Integrative Theatre - cooperation with the Social Assistance House in Brwilno,
Students of "Małachowianka" - presentations "Tolerance vs. philosophy", "Tolerance in literature", "Tolerance in art"
The conference was chaired by the representative of UN in Warsaw, Ms. The presentations and speeches were followed by a short discussion. All the presentations and the discussion was translated from English into Polish and vice-versa by Aneta Dłutek.
The conference was accompanied by the photo exhibition "Positive lives", which was shown in the school museum.
During their visit in Płock, young people took part in numerous events of the 5th European Picnic. On 2nd of May 2004, all the guests attended a cruise on the Vistula River. Then the students and their teachers visited the Social Assistance House in Brwilno.
The students from the invited towns stayed at "Małachowianka's" students' homes, where they received care and attention.