The modern educational system is designed around academic performance, university admissions and preparing students for their professional careers. But there is less emphasis on the promotion of the skills associated with facilitating inter-cultural dialogue, such as communication, listening, and openness. And this issue isn’t limited to school curricula; classrooms often lack in racial, gender, religious and sexual diversity.
Schools and universities represent ideal platforms to encourage the development of intercultural dialogue in society. Embracing different cultures in the classroom is crucial for uniting communities, developing an awareness of different cultural perspectives, and promoting open-mindedness, tolerance, and empathy.
This event brings together educators, academics, and non-profit leaders to explore how to enhance intercultural exchange in schools, universities, and curricula. Our discussion will focus on how we can devise a curriculum to produce a more well-rounded cultural education of our youth. We will look at how we can we bring together students of different cultural backgrounds to learn and exchange experiences together?
The Aspen Institute UK, in partnership with the Khalili Foundation, explore these pertinent questions. It is part of the wider World Festival of Cultural Diversity which, in association with UNESCO, is bringing together various intellectual and creative initiatives in collective celebration of our world’s cultures.
ON THE PANEL:
Victor Adebowale – Victor is a non-Executive Director of the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC and Nuffield Health. He is the Chair and Co-Founder of Visionable and Founder of Leadership in Mind, and Chair of Social Enterprise UK and the NHS Confederation. Victor has recently stepped down as the CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 100,000 people per year. He was awarded a CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people, and became a crossbench peer in 2001. Victor is a visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln.
Tariq Modood – Tariq is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol and the co-founder of the journal, Ethnicities. He was appointed an MBE by the Queen for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001, made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. His latest books include ‘Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism’, ‘Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea’; and as co-editor ‘Multiculturalism and Interculturalism’ and ‘The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Problems, Asian Challenges’.
More panellists coming soon…