The United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) hosted the workshop “Intercultural Dialogue”, led by our volunteer Ana Podgornik. Participants were offered an insight into the main characteristics and challenges of intercultural dialogue, as well as the issue of intercultural conflicts.
Members of UNAS decided that a workshop on intercultural dialogue is to commemorate the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures. The 67th UN General Assembly, under the initiative of Kazakhstan’s proposal, confirmed that the period between 2013 and 2022 is dedicated to rapprochement of cultures.
The organizers of the workshop were extremely pleased to see such good participation. Through debates and simulations, participants first got familiar with the term “culture”, followed by a discussion on intercultural misunderstanding and the reasons for it. Special attention was paid to the media which has been one of the main reasons for intercultural misunderstanding. The last part of the workshop was dedicated to the simulation of intercultural conflicts and to the debate on the main values of intercultural dialogue.
The debate was enriched with individual stories of our participants and they shared their personal experiences of their contacts with people from other cultures. Participants were majorly pleased with the workshop and acclaimed the possibility of UNAS social events also being open to outside participants.
In 2014, UNAS will also conduct workshops on Intercultural Dialogue at primary and secondary schools in Slovenia, with the support and cooperation of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. There we hope to see good responses as well.
Prepared by: Ana Podgornik
Translated by: Maja Drča
Edited: Spurthy Akshar