From 20 may through to 22 june the Zeester sailed to 25 cities in Holland. Our aim was to inform and educate junior high-school students, 12-18 years old, about racism. We spent one day in each city and we received about 200 students a day.
On the special Internet homepage for the boat-tour, visiting students posted information and a daily journal about the project.
This also enabled students in the whole country and around the world to participate in the project and exchange thoughts on democracy, freedom, anti-racism, learn something about each others cultures and compare notes with their counterparts from schools in other countries (South-Africa foremost).
On board the boat we had two multimedia computers hooked up to the internet through a mobile datalink. We made contact every day with schools by email, chat-sessions and last but not least: through the special mailing list that was set up for us by the Pretoria Education Network (Pretnet) in South Africa.
The project was a joint Magenta/School Without Racism initiative, in cooperation with Pretoria Education Network, South Africa and others.
For more information on Brown Eyes Blue Eyes, go to the homepage of Magenta's Eye to Eye Project.
Each day on the boat concluded with a concert by The Kuni Kids, a band which is very popular with school kids in Holland (they play African crossover-music).
Also on board there were an exhibition called "Faces of Hate, Faces of Humanity, a giant board game "Build your own society", a competition to design a flag as a symbol for a racism-free society, an information market, a video documentary and several other activities.
Stichting Magenta is a Dutch anti-racism foundation which was founded in 1992 as a result of the violent racist attacks on migrants in Germany. Its aims and objectives are to counteract racism, fascism and discrimination and to promote integration. Since its inception Magenta has realized a substantial number of projects. Rather than let people come to our events we try to bring the events to people. Magenta works in cooperation with a number of local and national organisations and governmental bodies as well as undertakes projects on request of various institutes. Magenta supports local and national organisations, serving as a temporary office for starting agencies.
Some recent projects carried out by the Magenta Foundation include:
Magenta is frequently in contact -and works closely together with a wide variety of local, national and international organisations and institutions. We also work together with Youth-organisations, (democratic) political parties and refugee-organisations. On top of this, we are supported by a lot of Dutch 'personalities'. We have a close relationship with the Dutch Auschwitz Committee (NAC). Our relationships with the City of Amsterdam, Councils in other Dutch towns, the Dutch parliament and the Ministries are excellent. Magenta is a supporter of the 'United for Intercultural action - European Network' and deals with several European organisations, amongst them the Fondation Danielle Mitterrand in France and others. Human Rights (NICH). We also swap information and ideas with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, with A World of difference/Anti Defamation League, both in the USA.