In December I had the unique opportunity to be a facilitator for high school students from Germany, the United-States and Canada as part of a UNESCO schools conference on Human Rights Education. The conference was part of a tri-national project between Israel, Germany and Canada with the goal to promote Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education through intercultural dialogue.
The conference took place in Winnipeg, Canada, and despite the frigid temperatures, the atmosphere and camaraderie was warm and welcoming. With a mix of German, American, French Canadians, native/aboriginal and Québécois students, the conference was a great opportunity for young people to engage in intercultural dialogue. Students regarded the conference as an invaluable intercultural learning experience. Although my research project examines the experience of university students on an academic exchange semester or year abroad, it would be interesting to explore the impact of short-term exchanges such as these on young people’s awareness and understanding of cultures, both within national borders and internationally. UNESCO Schools Conference “Learning to Change our World Together”