This MOOC will address different theoretical-practical concepts, methodological tools and experiences on cultural diversity, multiculturalism, interculturality, territorial conflicts and conflict management.
This course aims at helping to cutlivate awarenss of one's own and others identities, to highlight some notable variaitons in communicaitons styles and cultural values and to better understand cross-cultural complexity.
A comprehensive, global report on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue which seeks to underline the advances of recent years to emphasize that cultural diversity has as its corollary intercultural dialogue, which implies a need to move beyond a focus on differences that can only be a source of conflict, ignorance and misunderstanding.
Who leads this initiative of intercultural dialogue ?
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
What is this good practice about ?
This paper tackles the challenge of diversity management in Africa, a continent with countries that bear a very specific History, notably in terms of politics and fairly recent independence, as well as ancestral traditions. How to manage a cultural diversity that translates into so many different dimensions? Determining the property of the land, representing politically all the different clans, initiating dialogues between State leaders who lead the country and indigenous representatives who lead some communities?
How is this initiative contributing to intercultural dialogue? What challenge(s) does it tackle ? What is at stake?
This report illustrates how cultural diversity can be instrumentalised, driving to different types of discrimination that lead to what is called 'diversity-based conflicts'. Following those observations, it draws tangible examples how cultural diversity must be turned into an opportunity: it starts with equal rights for all, with contemporary democratic pillars that must also adapt to ancestral systems of governance in order to be fully equitable, respectful of all the citizens without any kind discrimination (clan, language, religion, value system, traditional models of land management and property, reconciliation, etc.)
Quote from the paper: There is little doubt that diversity management is indispensable for socioeconomic transformation. It is a requisite for nation-building, which entails integration of the different identity groups into a community of citizens under a shared system of institutions.
Numerous resources collected since 2006 in cooperation with UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region can be used to encourage educators, scholars and activists to implement and share local educational initiatives on intercultural understanding.
This is a manual for human rights education with young people. Further material available on the website.
Through the promotion of South-South intellectual and philosophical dialogue, this manual seeks to encourage the development of diverse views by supporting and promoting the often little-known philosophical traditions of the metaphorical “South”. By providing educational resources aimed at teaching young people about the diversity of philosophical thought, the manual serves as an innovative and high-quality tool for young people in secondary and higher education, and in non-formal education. Further language version (French, Arabic, Spanish) can be found on the website.
The Connect Program—Soliya’s flagship virtual exchange initiative—is an online cross-cultural education program integrated into curriculum that provides young adults with a unique opportunity to establish a deeper understanding for the perspectives of others around the world on important socio-political issues and to develop 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and media literacy.