On the 26th of October 2018, ICDO hosted an event for the development of cultural interaction between young people from three schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The workshops, case studies, and an open dialogue were just the start of ‘Bridging Diversity: Education’, which is a long-term project that aims to engage all three ethnicities in the region in order to promote understanding for cultural distinctiveness and expression while encouraging intercultural relations.
“With ‘Bridging Diversity: Education’, ICDO wants to give the young students from Trebinje, Grude and Jablanica, as well as others, a platform to build skills in negotiations, debating, tolerance, team building, diplomacy, problem-solving and learning about other cultures…. They can use ICDOs Cultural Diversity Handbook as a reference today and in the future”
– Josipa Palac, President and CEO of ICDO
ICDO’s workshops, which took place in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, offered training on cultural diversity to over 60 young students and professionals with the help of a variety of tools, including “ICDO’s Cultural Diversity Handbook”.
The tailored workshops offered a hands-on approach and delivered impactful, positive and lasting experiences by means of intercultural activities such as a cultural mash-up, creative social media challenges as well as team building and problem-solving activities.
“Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina would benefit so much if activities like these would be integrated for students. The activities that the ICDO team planned for them were fun, interactive, and they motivated students to express themselves. The topics discussed were modern, which students enjoyed. I was very pleased to see the students participating and having fun while learning.”
– Mladen Leko, Director of Srednja skola Antuna Branka Simica, Grude
Beyond the training, the program will continue to evolve through a symposium on the topic of “Cultural Diversity and Education” featuring an esteemed panel of Academics and Professionals and opportunities for learning and networking. The ICDO team will be in an ongoing discussion through online platforms with participants of the workshops, to ensure the program’s effectiveness. Young students who participated in the workshops have been encouraged to stay connected with each other and the NGO by sharing their ideas and thoughts on cultural expression, interaction and diversity. Students are invited to submit essays on the topics discussed during the workshops, for a chance to have their work presented at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, Austria in April, 2019. Furthermore, there will be an art exhibition featuring the creative artwork submitted by the students, with the best works displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna from 15th to 26th of April, 2019 as well.
ICDO is excited to continue to connect and build relationships, to nurture the youth’s motivation to learn about other cultures, as well as highlight the beauty of the cultural expression and diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through this ongoing project, ICDO will inspire interest and understanding of the importance of cultural diversity in an increasingly diverse world, using tools and language which resonates with these students.