Piloting of UNESCO's Manual on Intercultural Competences based on Human Rights
On the 3rd and 4th of October 2017, UNESCO, in cooperation with the UN Population Fund and the International Labour Organisation, will organise the second piloting of the UNESCO manual on intercultural competences based on human rights in Harare, Zimbabwe. Against the backdrop of growing cultural diversity and intercultural interaction within the sub-region, the manual presents a timely, accessible and adaptable activity to sensitize diverse audiences to intercultural competences – the prerequisite skills and behaviors needed to enhance intercultural dialogue and understanding for the prevention and resolution of conflict and the promotion of sustainable development.
The activity will include a training of trainers session with UN staff, local NGO leaders, educators and artists, as well as two pilot sessions - facilitated by newly trained local personnel - with over 90 participants drawn from a broad cross-section of Zimbabwe's population.
The session in Harare sought to test the manual’s adaptability and effectiveness, both from the perspective of facilitation, and with regard to its ability to build individual capacities for intercultural dialogue and understanding. Lessons learnt from this pilot session will feed into the global evaluation of the activity, as well as directing adaptions to maximize the relevance of the activity within the African context.