Intercultural Dialogue and Culture of Peace

Intercultural dialogue entails equipping one with adequate knowledge about their cultural environment, receptive attitudes encouraging exchange, and specific skills so as to mobilize both knowledge and attitudes when interacting with people of diverse backgrounds. The culture of peace is a commitment to peace-building, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, peace education, education for non-violence, tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.Under this theme SHS ROSA:

  • Works with law makers in integrating culture of peace in law and policy making processes to ensure inclusion of marginalized groups;
  • Works with youth as key actors of change to complement work being done on policy reform;
  • Uses formal and non-formal education as platforms to influence a culture of peace and intercultural dialogue;
  • Uses intercultural dialogue and culture of peace as tools for social inclusion; and
  • Offers alternative narrative to young people so as to counter narratives on ethnic tensions, xenophobia etc.

What has been done already?

Intercultural approach as a tool for youth inclusion (SDG 16)

This study analyzed the perceptions of exclusion of a group of young people aged 15-24 in the Southern African Region, as a first step toward understanding youth’s perception of cultural diversity, gender inequality, and exclusion. The study proposed recommendations on how intercultural encounters between young people coming from different backgrounds can pave way for a common understanding of realities and possible transformations. 

It is clear that there are many obstacles to be tackled at the institutional level (schools and other public institutions), but this research posits that even though work is required to improve that, an important percentage of the efforts must be addressed towards youth in their communities. Considering diversity as the background, intercultural approach is thus taken as a relevant tool for critical and transformative action. At the most superficial levels, intercultural dialogue can help foster mutual tolerance and even understanding, through the exchange of ideas and emotions. Marginalized youth can dialogue to expose exclusion and discrimination. Nevertheless, through spaces of cogitation, intercultural dialogue can propose not only rapprochement or tolerance but actual consciousness and awareness of power imbalances, which is a first step towards change. 

Upcoming projects include:

  • National Liberation Movement Heritage Program -History and memory as a tool for social inclusion.
  • Role of Culture of Peace in Policy Making and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16 in Namibia-Culture of peace as tool in law and policy making.
  • Masculinities and Male Identities- Engaging men to counter violence against women.
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