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ERIC Number: ED498574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Report [of the] Expert Meeting on Intercultural Education, Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, March 20-22, 2006)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights of the Division for the Promotion of Quality Education held an expert meeting on Intercultural Education from March 20-22, 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters, bringing together international experts from Australia, Bolivia, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom, including UNESCO Chairs and academics, as well as representatives of NGO's, National Commissions and UNESCO staff from various sectors. The meeting was organized as part of the Section's activities on intercultural education, which are placed more broadly within the framework of UNESCO's activities on the Dialogue among Civilizations, the Rabat Commitment and the concerns of document 33 C/5, which requests the Director-General to continue to "strengthen initiative in the development of materials for education and intercultural and interfaith understanding." Further context was provided by the World Programme for Human Rights Education, the second World Decade of Indigenous Peoples and the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. Presentations and discussions included the relationship between language and culture, changing scenarios for intercultural education, and the linkages between interfaith education and intercultural education. A main aim of the meeting was to receive input from the invited experts for the draft document "UNESCO Guidelines on Intercultural Education" as well as for a database on Intercultural Education, both of which are being developed by the Section. Another point presented for feedback was the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity 2007. This report gives a summary of the presentation, the ensuing debates and a synthesis for each panel. The discussions of the draft UNESCO Guidelines and of the database on Intercultural Education, including the results and next steps to be taken are also presented. In addition, the report provides a summary of the debate around the presentation of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. The following presentations are summarized: (1) Language, Power and Cultural Identity (Sylvia Schmelkes); (2) Language as the Vehicle for Cultural Expression (J. F. Ade-Ajayi); (3) Intercultural Education in Latin America (Luis Enrique Lopez); (4) Intercultural Education and the Situation of the Roma (Alexandre Marc); (5) "Skating on the Surface of Multiculturalism"--A Perspective on Intercultural Education in South Africa (Crain Soudien); (6) Intercultural Education in the Context of Internationalization, Localization and Globalization (Johanna Lasonen); (7) The Role of School in Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and Intercultural Learning: The Associated Schools Network Experience in Lebanon (Christiane Jeitani); (8) The Role of Religion in Civic, Citizenship and Human Rights Education and the United Nations (Liam Gearon); (9) Towards a Future Model of Education (Ali Omar El Kashef); (10) "To Try to Ignore Religion Is to Stick Your Head in the Sand"--The Place of Religion in Intercultural Education (Gary Bouma); (11) A Reflection on Interfaith Education (Dai-Geun Kang); and (12) Religion and the Secular State (Jagdish Gundara). Also included in this report is a list of participants and the program agenda. [This report was produced by UNESCO's Section for Human Rights Education, Education Sector.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: France (Paris); Lebanon; South Africa