The UNAOC-EF Summer School is the result of a collaboration between two organizations committed to bridging cultural divides – the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and EF Education First.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is established in 2005 by the former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN Alliance of Civilizations’ mission is to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation among countries, peoples and communities.
Hilda Nambili Liswani, aged 23 will be the first Namibian to take part in the programme since its inception. The Summer School aimed to be “a unique space for learning and collaborating that welcomes a diversity of participants, speakers and educators from a wide range of contexts. In this space, diverse perspectives, experiences and epistemologies contribute to greater understanding and respect among people, encourage new thinking, and inspire context-sensitive action and solutions.”
Every year 75 participants are chosen from around the world to address issues at the core of the United Nations’ mandate: peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and international law. More emphasis will be placed on the mandate of UNAOC to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation among countries, peoples and communities and EF’s mission of opening the world through education. Participants deliberations will be on global challenges linked to intercultural dialogue and understanding.
This interactive engagement open up a whole new world of knowledge, action around cultural and religious diversity: how to better understand it, manage it, promote it and leverage it to shape a world that is healthier, safer, more peaceful and inclusive. Different methods are applied, including advocacy, narratives, multimedia, negotiation, theater, and social entrepreneurship.
To read more about the programme, visit: http://www.unaocefsummerschool.org/summer-school
The List of participants for this year (Including, Hilda Nambili Liswani, from Namibia) at the following link: http://www.unaocefsummerschool.org/participants