Seeds of Tolerance Come Up in Tbilisi
On November 22, an event dedicated to International Tolerance Day was held in school #41 in Tbilisi. The event was organized by the Tolerance Club, created by the graduates of the five-day seminar on tolerance, held by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) and the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU; Executive Vice President – EAJC General Council Chairman Josef Zisels, Executive Director – Anna Lenchovskaya) in July 2010 in Bakuriani, and the trainees of the International Children's Camp “Roots of Tolerance,” held by the EAJC and the CNCU in Ukraine. The presentation of the Club was part of the Tolerance Day festivities program.
The event program was created both by the school and the Club founders. Students from the Sarkmeli private school also participated in the event. Part of the poem “The Knight in the Panther's Skin” by Shota Rustavelli, a symbol of tolerance, was read aloud in different languages. The children prepared musical acts, and the volunteers of the Curd Youth Union of Georgia, led by Elena Hudoyan, held a seminar on Curdish dances. Members of state structures on questions of integration and tolerance, representatives of various diasporas that live in Goergia, national dance ensembles, and the laureate of the “Tolerant Human of the Year” nomination, Givi Shahnazarov.
The children were enchanted by the fashion show of different national costumes, gleefully participated in the dance, and listened to the legend of Prometheus with interest. The students prepared presentations on the following topics: “We are people from Earth” and “The Knight in the Panther Skin as a model of tolerance.” In conclusion, everyone sange “We are the world.”
The founders of the Tbilisi Tolerance Club plan to continue such activities.They include Michael Agahnyan (“Nor Serund” Union of Georgian Armenians), Elena Hudoyan (The Curdish Youth Union of Georgia), Giorgiy Pliev (The Osetinian Association of Georgia), Valentina Mardzhanishvili (Georgian-Russian House of the Press and Book), and Ekaterina Chuchulashvili (Multicultural Foum).