Day of Respect

RespectRabbi Soetendorp believes that intercultural learning is essential for creating an open society where differences are respected.

Therefore he initiated the Day of Respect, which is being organized by the Day of Respect Foundation. The Soetendorp Institute helps to organize the Day of Respect that is being celebrated as an annual programme in over 3.000 primary schools all over the Netherlands. It is the aim of the Day of Respect to make young people, and through them their parents, aware of the fact that Dutch society is made up by people from many different backgrounds, with different cultures, and with different ideas, customs and religious traditions. The programme specifically targets the grades 7 and 8 and thus the 10 – 12 years-old.


The annual Week of Respect will be held for the 11th time in The Netherlands, from 7 to 13 November 2016. This year's motto is "You make the difference". As in previous years, the focus will be on schools and sports. An overview of the program in English can be found here.

The Week of Respect...

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The Day of Respect that was initiated by Rabbi Soetendorp in 2006 was celebrated for the sixth time on 10 November, 2011. More than 3.000 schools participated in the programme that centered on the theme "Respecting Myself". The schools addressed this topic in guest lectures, public events...

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Please check out the latest video of the Day of Respect twinning project:


The Day of Respect is a project co-developed by Rabbi Soetendorp to give young people an awareness of the meaning of respect. In 2006, the first Day of Respect was organised, which focused particularly on 11 and 12 years-old, in grades 7 and 8. As part of the Day of Respect program...

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DayRespectIn 2012, the Day of Respect added an international programme to their annual activities.

Together with Cordaid Kinderstem, the Day of Respect Foundation started a Twinning project, connecting schools in the Netherlands and Mindanao, the Philippines.

Please find more information here. 

The Soetendorp Institute


Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Van Wijngaerdenstraat 21
2596 TW The Hague
The Netherlands