Tolerance and multiculturalism in state policy of the Azerbaijan Republic


"Multiculturalism as a lifestyle in Azerbaijan: Learn, explore and share" İnternational Summer School held in "Tehsil" Recreation Center in Nabran on july 24 with the support of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre (BİMC), The Knowledge Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Baku Slavic University continued its work. The first competition was held in preparation for the groups in the summer school.

"Round Table" was held after the preliminary meeting on "Tolerance and multiculturalism in state policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan". The member of Parlament, the member of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, professor Sahiba Gafarova and the Executive Director of BIMC professor Azad Mammadov, had interactive exchange of views.

A.Mammadov mentioned multiculturalism as a priority of state policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He talked about the role of multiculturalism conception in state security and state policy in general. That said, Baku International Multiculturalism Centre was established in 15.05.2014 by the decree of the President Ilham Aliyev. Multiculturalism has own historical cores. The political power of Heydar Aliyev rebuilt the tolerance and multiculturalism traditions in Azerbaijan in 90s of last century. Today President Ilham Aliyev is successfully developing this policy to protect the tradition of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan. As multiculturalism is a priority of state policy and the way of life of people Ilham Aliyev makes progress in international area on this issue. The Executive Director spoke about important services and the work carried out by Head Advisor of State Service on multinational, multicultural and religious issues, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BICM and academician Kamal Abdullayev on these issues. S.Gafarova talked about how multiculturalism and tolerance turned to one of the leading public policies of Azerbaijan in a time when national, religious discrimination and rasicm are so widespread around the world.

Questions of students also answered during the "Round Table".

In the second term of the day, professor Klaus Wolf from the Augsburg University of Germany and Etibar Najafov, head advisor of the State service on multiculturalism, ethnic and religious issues made presentations on the topic of «Multiculturalism in Germany» and «Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan», in this regard conducted a comparative analysis of situation in both countries.

K.Wolf said that 40 percent of the population of the city of Augsburg was formed as a result of migration. 60 percent of children in kindergartens are children of immigrants. "For me, the important thing is , the churches, mosques and synagogues have been built alongside and this tendency continues. Recent construction of mosques in Germany coincides to only to modern days. One of the points that are important for us now is to integrate the Islamic community. It is one of exact issues that we will be able to learn something from Azerbaijan. I think, it is valuable for all societies to have sole model of democracy and multiculturalism. "

E.Najafov talked about multicultural environment in Azerbaijan, the creation of equal opportunities in all spheres of national and religious minorities, and mentioned that it could be a model for many countries around the world.
               After the event, students had different types of sport competitions. The fourth day of the Summer School ended with  musical competition named “Represent Your Homeland”. 
Tarix: 24.07.2015

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