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Dialogue School of Intercultural Dialogue School
Sat, 25 Mar 2017, 9:30 AM – Sun, 26 Mar 2017, 12:30 AM EDT
Intercultural Dialogue Institute, IDI
Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity within the Canadian society.
The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. IDI facilitates dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.
Why Dialogue School of IDI
Dialogue School of IDI focuses on the need to understand and respond to the problems and challenges generated by the Canada’s diverse society.
The aim of the program is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage effectively in and lead meaningful dialogue advancing intercultural interaction, community cohesion, and proactive citizenship. It seeks to develop reflective practitioners, and students of dialogue, equipped to examine and evaluate theories of dialogue and carry them forward with appropriate adaptations and innovations. A distinctive and innovative feature of the programme is a placement with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in the Waterloo Region during which students will develop their skills through active participation in the work of this charity.
Canadian cultural and religious diversity is capable of promoting a culturally rich, open-minded society able to draw on a wide range of perspectives in confronting social, economic and cultural challenges at local, national and international levels. Conversely, a diverse society has the capacity to harbour deep divisions which can lead to problems of ghettoisation, social and political disengagement, inequality, resentment, mistrust, insecurity and discrimination. The need to address such difficulties and the aspiration to achieve a thriving diversity demands dialogue and dialogue eduation to increase interaction and understanding between different sectors of the community.
IDI’S Dialogue School will provide academic and practical level teaching and experience catered to the demands of such efforts. It is intended to the equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively engage in and lead meaningful dialogue advancing intercultural interaction, community cohesion and proactive citizenship.
Students should be older than 16 years old. In order to obtain a Participation Certificate of the Dialogue School, each student needs to attend 4 full day sessions, in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2017 at University of Waterloo. The fee for the program is 100 dollars.
For the registration deadline: February 16, 2017
The program is all day long, starts at 9.30 am and ends at 3 pm.
Lunch, coffee, and refreshments complimentarily will be provided by IDI.
Where: 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6
When: February 18, 2017