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Value the Difference - A Resource Pack by SALTO-YOUTH

Who leads this initiative of intercultural dialogue ?

SALTO-YOUTH (Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities for Youth) works within the Erasmus+ Youth programme, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.  As part of the European Commission's Training Strategy, SALTO-YOUTH provides non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders, and organises training and contact-making activities.

What is this good practice about ?

There are more than 508 million people in Europe, each one an individual with a different background and life experiences. This resource pack explores the topic of cultural diversity and many of the related and complex issues people in Europe face today, so together we can embrace and celebrate each one of those differences.

How does this initiative contribute to intercultural dialogue?

It is designed as a starting point for exploration of cultural diversity by youth workers (or anyone who works with young people). The resource pack contains nine chapters, each offering background information, case studies and practical examples of how to engage young people, in the framework of a diversity of topics: Media, Migration and Cultural Diversity, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Mediation, Cross Community, Identity, Intercultural Competence...

Publications
Intercultural dialogue to facilitate collaboration around water management

This eBook is one of the outcomes of an interdisciplinary research held at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio), in Brazil, on the intercultural understanding of water issues encountered by the communities living in Rio. It is the result of the cooperation between PUC Rio and the Foundation Cardinal Paul Poupard, which has founded UNESCO Chair on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. This UNESCO Chair is based at the St .Andrews college in Mumbai, and led by Giuseppe Musumeci.

Teams have been working together in order to share experiences and expertise on diverse issues related water that are managed not only with scientific technical competences, but also with a sharp knowledge of the communities’ culture, notably in terms of spiritual beliefs. Indeed, one key observation has been that conflicts related to natural resources among individuals and larger communities cannot be sustainably solved without considering the cultural background of the people.

Check out this eBook to discover how intercultural dialogue supports reconciliation while tackling the global challenge of water scarcity!

Projects and Programmes
Recipes for harmony

Cultural Infusion has created an eBook for primary students to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity: discover Recipes for harmony!

This resource that includes stories of Australians from a lot of different cultural backgrounds. Developed for the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Scanlon Foundation to coincide with the 2015 Harmony Day and A Taste of Harmony celebrations, Recipes for Harmony is accompanied by a website with a comprehensive education resource guide with videos, audio and hours of classroom activities.

Discover a unique way to educate students on cultures from across the globe with personal stories, recipes, cultural profiles, language tools and videos !

 

Media
Learning from Intercultural Storytelling (LISTEN)

The LISTEN project aims at introducing storytelling approaches and techniques to a radio environment as a binding factor which brings social and personal benefits for refugees.

Those techniques will serve to develop in refugee’s and migrant’s personality a construction of personal values, a higher level of self- esteem, and a stronger sense of identity in the community. They could develop for example verbal and communication skills, foreign language skills, improvement of intercultural understanding and social skills and reasoning. Being equipped with these skills and more, refugees and migrants can be a future “cultural mediator” between their community and the hosting society in order to promote reciprocal knowledge and comprehension between subjects of different cultural backgrounds.

Media
Exploring the complicated world of cultural identity

Join the journey suggested by CBC Radio (Canada), that looks at cultural identity and how Indigenous people see themselves in a world that wants to paint them all with one brush. As you might have guessed, identity is a complicated and touchy issue in a lot of Indigenous communities.

Christi Belcourt's own identity often spills out as paint. The award winning artist is Michif and calls Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., home. She tells the story behind a powerful self-portrait that she created after being told she should not be allowed to apply for funding because she was not Indigenous enough.

Amanda Rheaume is a Métis musician based in Ottawa with a very rich family history. And the more she dug into those stories, the more she was inspired to write about her heritage. 

Oscar Baker III grew up in two very different communities. His mother is Mi'kmaq from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. His father is black and his hometown is St. Augustine, Florida. He was surrounded by addiction, violence and poverty. As an angry teenager he drank and looked for trouble on the streets of St. Augustine. Eventually, it would threaten to swallow his life whole. But Oscar saw an opportunity and made a life-changing decision.

Unreserved's own Kim Wheeler shares what it was like to grow up in an adopted family outside of her culture and how she found her way back. She is Mohawk and Anishinabe and was adopted out as part of the ;60s scoop or the Adopt an Indian or Métis Child program. As part of an assimilation policy the federal government took thousands of Indigenous children from their families, often without consent. 

Media
Radio to give a voice to the ones who have been silenced

Refugee Radio was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. It's a charity that supports refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.They have a team of staff who run the projects and a group of refugee volunteers who make it all happen. They run community projects targeting mental health, isolation and social exclusion.

And most importantly, they use radio and music to give a voice to this who do not have one.

Media
The Role of Media in Conflict Transformation

Irenees.net is a documentary website whose purpose is to promote an exchange of knowledge and know-how at the service of the construction of an Art of peace.

This article provides an overview of some possible ways in which old and new media can make a positive contribution at different stages of the conflict cycle, from early warning to de-escalation, reconciliation and strengthened social cohesion.

It presents some examples of media production that form an alternative to the mainstream media, which tend to support the powerful. Peace journalism, on the contrary, pays more attention to the perceptions of rank and file members of different groups, paves the way to a better mutual understanding, looks for common ground and explores ways in which different communities can peacefully live together in the future. Among others, radio definitely plays a key role in such contexts.

Media
Radio stories of rural women from across the globe

In line with the theme of the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (12 – 23 March 2018), “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” and in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), UN Women brings to life stories of rural women from around the world, from Haiti and Canada to Iraq and Senegal to the pacific islands of Fiji. Produced largely by women producers, these stories, told in the first-person narrative, are currently being aired on local community radio stations. 

Media
Media, radio and the inclusion of Roma people

RadioExpert is a not-for-profit public service organization founded in 2003 to organize and expedite the continuing activities in support of community media worldwide.

Marginalization of the Romani minorities of Central/Eastern Europe remains among the most difficult problems facing Europe today. The search for solutions must include empowerment of Roma people through education and access to media structures. Media literacy and skills training for Roma youth can provide an effective means for media literacy, collaboration, inclusion, access, education employment skills development and social cohesion.

The Roma Youth Media Project is a multi-year initiative to establish and maintain media training programs for Roma youth in Europe. RadioExpert's goals are to establish enabling environments for Roma youth radio in civil societies, and develop sustainable Roma youth radio, TV and film producers and moderators.

Media
Culture and Identity Discussions on Radio

BBC Radio presents Free Thinking, a programme that explores divisions and differences and the way people define themselves in today’s world.

Guests include Mark Lilla, Linda Yueh, Steven Pinker, Sonia Boyce, John Gray, Scrumbly Koldewyn, Leïla Slimani and Ash Sarkar.