03.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice/MDG The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Challenges and opportunities of intercultural dialogue in the public education sector of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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The Center for Cultural Interaction and Dialogue (CCID) within the South East European University (SEEU) in Tetovo, in cooperation with the UNESCO Venice Office, are organizing a roundtable discussion entitled “The Role of School Principals in Promoting Intercultural Dialogue” on 4 May 2012 at the Lecture Hall 4, SEEU BDC Building, in Tetovo.

A representative from the SEEU rectorate will welcome the guests and present the multicultural reality at the university. Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, Andrew Goodspeed, and National Professional Officer - UNESCO Project Office in Skopje, Zojka Naskova, will join in the opening remarks.

School principals of the largest public schools in the country are expected to discuss issues regarding the challenges and opportunities of intercultural dialogue in the national public educational system.

The morning discussion will deal with: The principles of intercultural dialogue and inclusive education; The cultural and human rights articulated in the international documents and conventions; Developing an intercultural perspective when managing public schools; Circumstances in the country and the region regarding the intercultural education; and, Good local practices on the issue.

The afternoon discussion will open with a presentation on the Perspectives on the National Strategy for Integrated Education in the country. The goals of the Center for Cultural Interaction and Dialogue (CCID) within SEEU will follow. Finally, topics of the afternoon round table discussion will include the following themes: the multicultural reality in public schools; the equity principles in the teaching and learning process; the needs of public schools for promoting intercultural dialogue; and, possible projects and cooperation in the future.

This roundtable discussion is part of 3 consecutive events organized by the newly founded Center for Cultural Interaction and Dialogue (CCID) at SEEU and supported by UNESCO. The aim of these events is to encourage an academic debate and discussion on important issues pertaining to intercultural coexistence in the country.

This activity is carried out with technical support from UNESCO Venice Office within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration, implemented with financial support from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).




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