Throughout April and May, ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association has been running a series of workshops with prison workers and volunteers working with inmates in Poland, Hungary and Greece to promote antidiscrimination values in prisons.
The workshops were organised as part of the E.U.R.O.P.E (European Union Rapprochement for Offenders and Pupils Education) project; funded by the European Commission, the project aims to promote European and civic values among inmates, ex-convicts and socially marginalized youth in cooperation with officials and volunteers. The international project is managed by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw with the participation of the Slawek Foundation (Poland) as well as Greek and Hungarian NGOs.
The antiracist workshops and presentations organised by ‘NEVER AGAIN’ focused on issues such as hate speech and hate crime, and were successful in engaging the participants. Participants and facilitators discussed the challenges of cultural diversity in the prison population and the role of sports in fostering intercultural understanding, as well as other topics. The seminar in Warsaw was joined by Jeremy Jones, a prominent Jewish community leader in Australia who spoke about multiculturalism, the issue of refugees, and his Rugby League team as a tool of integration.
The trainings in Warsaw took place on 7-10 April, followed by meetings in Athens (18-21 April) and Budapest (7-10 May). The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association was represented by Stanislaw Czerczak, Anna Tatar, and Maria Thun-Janowska. Future trainings and publications of educational materials are currently planned in the frame of the E.U.R.O.P.E. project.
‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association (Pol.: Stowarzyszenia „NIGDY WIĘCEJ”) is an antiracist educational and monitoring organisation founded in Poland in 1996. It is a long-time supporter of the UNITED network.