LDA Mostar participation in 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education
Two representatives of Local Democracy Agency Mostar participated in 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education, the cross Network activity implemented by the Turkish ALF Network in collaboration with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Morocco, Slovenia & UK ALF Networks.
The activity aimed at organizing 3 Seminars to strengthen the advanced level of mutual understanding and to develop an Intercultural Citizenship Education (ICE) platform in the Euro-Med region; the Seminars took place in Morocco (Tangier, 2-8 August), Italy (Mazara del Vallo, 17-23 August) and Turkey (Bursa, 7-15 September).
LDA Mostar participated with one delegate in the event in Tangier, Morocco, which focused on Cultural diversity for Intercultural Citizenship Education. The Seminar aimed at exploring diversity in its multi aspects, with special regard to the harmonious coexistence of minorities and different religions in Tangier, in order to promote a model of intercultural diversity management to reach a system of equal interaction between people from different cultures and share cultural expressions through dialogue and mutual respect. A special attention was given to the interaction with local people, both in formal and informal way.
''I was really impressed by the outdoor workshops where participants learned about Moroccan culture through the tasks of finding certain cultural and historical sites only by using extremely limited knowledge of the Arabic language and to buy certain foods with a limited amount of money using their bargaining skills'', said the representative of LDA Mostar.
The second delegate of LDA Mostar participated in the Creative and Social Entrepreneur Seminar for a better intercultural integration in Bursa, Turkey, which was the last stage of the 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education activity. During the first two days, the seminar focused on the Intercultural Citizenship Education as a key concept to foster socio-cultural integration and a deeper and mutual understanding between people with different cultural backgrounds. A session of the Seminar was dedicated to Intercultural Literacy and different perspectives to highlight similarities and differences between diverse Euro-med cultures. The participants of the Seminar had also the opportunity to meet Syrian refugees who were currently living in Bursa.
‘’The Seminar was an extraordinary opportunity for me to gain new knowledge on intercultural issues. I will try to use these new skills to find the right solutions to the problems in my community’’, stated the participant of LDA Mostar following the Bursa activity.