The Institute of Tolerance
The Institute of Tolerance is an NGO with around 35 regular members and many affiliates. The statutory goals are promotion of tolerance and education of youngsters and adults towards tolerant attitudes. The aims are realized by means of educational projects, debates, contests and happenings. The Institute of Tolerance is a member of the Polish Network of Anna Lindh Foundation.
The Institute of Tolerance was founded in 2001 by engaged citizens with the goal of promoting the idea of tolerance and respect for others. Initially, the confrontation with xenophobic slogans on the façades of Lodz’s houses provoked an activist’s reaction against this form of discrimination.
Discussions, workshops and concerts were held to confront this vandalism with a constructive and creative exercise in order to create a notion of tolerance for a generation that lacked a basic education towards a responsible and open citizenship. By means of culture and education, tolerance was meant to be achieved. From its beginnings, The Institute of Tolerance has organised meetings and debates about foreign countries, ethnic groups and religious denominations that played an important role in the urban and regional development of Lodz.