Sunday, May 21, 2017

Schools : Let's talk about Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development







Today May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development which encourages everyone to Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion today and every day all year long.


Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. 


"Just as natural diversity is vital to sustain ecosystems, cultural diversity is the lifeblood of vibrant societies. Cultural diversity provides fresh ideas and perspectives that enrich our lives in countless ways, allowing us all to grow and thrive together. A culturally diverse classroom is not only more inclusive, it boosts student learning and achievement. A culturally diverse workplace is not only more innovative, it is also more productive and economically profitable."

Irina Bokova, Director-general Unesco, message 2017




Aims:

  • Support sustainable systems of governance for culture

  • Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professional

  • Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks

  • Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms


The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration onCultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”


On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention, the United Nations proclaimed 2002 Year for Cultural Heritage in order to focus international commitment to the cultural heritage cause and attract public awareness, in particular young people.





 The UN Year for Cultural Heritage 2002


History:


The year 2002 was the United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage. At the end of that year, on December 20, 2002, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The General Assembly emphasized links between the protection of cultural diversity and the importance of dialogue between civilizations in the modern world. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was first observed in 2003.

With the adoption in September 2015 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations, and the Resolution A/C.2/70/L.59 on Culture and Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2015 , the message of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is more important than ever. 



credits: Elyx Yak/ UN


The 17Sustainable Development Goals can best be achieved by drawing upon the creative potential of the world’s diverse cultures, and engaging in continuous dialogue to ensure that all members of society benefit from sustainable development. 

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an occasion to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change. 

It represents an opportunity to celebrate culture’s manifold forms, from the tangible and intangible, to creative industries, to the diversity of cultural expressions, and to reflect on how these contribute to dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental and economic vectors of sustainable development.


All are invited to join in, and promote the values of cultural diversity, dialogue and development across our globe. 







Education:

"A culturally diverse classroom is not only more inclusive, it boosts student learning and achievement. A culturally diverse workplace is not only more innovative, it is also more productive and economically profitable."

Irina Bokova, Director-general Unesco, message 2017

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development tends to be marked in countries that embraced their varied cultural history and acknowledged the importance of embracing it.


Remember similar celebrations as The International Day of the World's Indigenous People or World Science Day for Peace & Development shared on this blog as resources to school teachers.

Human rights, cultural and linguistic diversity, local traditions are good subjects to include and discuss in school curricula (in and around) by using ICT and social participatory media in the classroom.

Students were very excited about these themes and participated with enthusiam in different activities.

Learners are curious about other cultures and traditions. Let students participate in different activities by doing ONE thing for diversity:

The students are very curious about other cultures and traditions and love to learn about it. They are also so creative that we can not forget to push this creativity for cultural dialogue and development.






Activities

  • Learn another language with a native speaker and practice it with him/her regularly! Becoming pen-pals (hand wirting or online) with students from different geographic and religious backgrounds through social media to discuss their experiences, differences and things they have in common (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, other);
  • Visit an art exhibition or a museum dedicated to other cultures;
  • Listen a musical tradition from a different culture;
  • Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; 
  • Plan a school exhibition to help the students and other teachers understand the history of various cultural groups and the influence on their own identities;
  • Invite foreign artists who lived in your country, city, to give a live interview (via Skype, Facebook, Google + hangout), explaining the positive influence their “hosting” culture has had on their work and artistic evolution;
  • Play a sport related to a different culture (Karate, Cricket, Pétanque, Jogo do pau, Capoeira, other)
  • If you and your school are going on educational field trips, during the visit to a new country, go off the beaten track, mingle with the locals and discover things about their culture that the tour-guide is ignorant of!
  • Dedicate a class on how cultures have influenced one another: a Chinese proverb can also be found in the Arabic tradition; backgammon is also played in Iran and Greece and tattoos are used in South America and Africa.

"Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” In this spirit, I believe that we need a new humanism for the 21st century, to renew the fundamental aspirations to justice, mutual understanding and dignity that guide all women and men."

Irina Bokova, Director-general Unesco, message 2017

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