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.

 

Recently implemented activities:

 

  • Training of Parliamentarians on the Culture of Peace in Namibia 24-25 April 2017

This event was organized in Namibia with the objective of developing knowledge and skills regarding interculturality for the strengthening of a culture of peace in the region of Southern 50 parliamentarians in Windhoek, Namibia on Culture of Peace on April 24-25, 2017; this will be done in partnership with the parliament. The workshop was facilitated by Gilbert M. Khadiagala, professor of International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand and a host of technical experts from academia and UNESCO were invited to participate. The long term expected results/outcomes for the workshop is that Culture of Peace is integrated in law and policy formulation processes in Namibia. 

 

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

This study analysed 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 can intercultural encounters between young people coming from different backgrounds pave the way to 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 toward 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 unbalances, which is a first step toward change. 

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