“Practical experiences in Intercultural Learning and Human Rights”
Intercultural learning forms the foundation of ICYE’s volunteering programmes, on which all its trainings and activities are based, as intercultural learning encourages dialogue and cultural awareness and can help build more peaceful and sustainable societies based on human rights values. The 43rd issue of the ICYE Newsletter focuses on “Practical experiences in Intercultural Learning and Human Rights” and draws out experiences of young people volunteering around the world that are seeped in intercultural learning and on efforts to protect human rights.
In “Volunteers Voices”, 5 volunteers narrate their experiences in their respective host communities related to intercultural learning and human rights, which encouraged them and others to rethink identity, diversity, values, styles of communication and negotiation, etc. We begin with the Kenya volunteer in Colombia who beautifully describes how there is something to learn from everyone, and which has helped break down some of her preconceived notions. A German volunteer in South Africa then explains that she learnt about the diversity and vibrancy of South Africa beyond stereotypical media images of the country, about privileges, structural discrimination and emphasizes the responsibility of the privileged in building a just and equal society. We move to Germany, where a Brazilian volunteer describes his experiences in the small German town of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther started the Reformation movement, and at the World Reformation Exhibition where he is currently volunteering. Former British volunteer calls Honduras his home away from home, urges us to take the security issues with a pinch of salt, look past its social problems and embrace the country and its people. For the Icelandic volunteer in Mozambique learning Portuguese was the key motivation for embarking on a journey that forever changed her perspective on life.
ICYE Programme News include: Visit to FIYE/ICYE Poland; New Publication: Youth Work Can Unite: Merging Parallel Realities in Europe; Youth and their Social Impact- UNESCO NGO Forum; New Publication: Non-Formal Learning Handbook for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations; New Publication: Final Activity Report – Calling Youth to Action in a Global Visibility Drive.
News from Int’l Organizations, amongst others feature: Int’l Youth Day 2017 – Youth Building Peace; UNDP: Fast Facts on Youth and Gender Equality; ILO: How Youth of Today See the Future of Work; the UN “SDGs: A Handbook for Youth”; UNEP: Faces4Change Project; UNESCO Publication: „Diversity, dialogue and sharing:”; and UNDP on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding. News from NGOs report on: CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society 2017; Data-Shift: Civil society data and citizen-generated data on gender issues; How to use free Google Grants to advertise your NGO; and Relaunching CIVICUS Monitor.
Wishing you an interesting reading, we look forward to receiving articles and pictures for the next issue of “Worlds of Experience”, dedicated to “Youth Volunteering against Racism”. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 30 September 2017.
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