The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” has initiated “Schools of the dialogue of cultures” project whose aim is to educate children in the spirit of tolerance and respect towards those who belong to other cultures. The project was presented at the 10th session of WPF. At the 11th session of the World Public Forum the implementation of the project in the passed year by non-state educational institutions of the RZD (“Russian railways”) will be discussed and evaluated. The main aim is however to converse educational methods and contents on intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in the primary and secondary school systems. Sharing of experiences and expertise of the participants from different countries in their own institutions would guide the process of developing a curriculum and teaching modules. Areas of focus include curriculum development, elaboration of teaching materials, use of ICTs in pedagogy, use of best practices.
The general guidelines for a global curricular on which a network of the schools of the dialogue of cultures would be established are to be talked about.
Teaching children about unfamiliar cultures, particularly those with which they are in contact and which are playing a crucial role in their contemporary international life, will promote dialogue, peace and mutual understanding, it will prepare a new generation for the construction of the future civilization.
Main vectors of discussion: To discuss the progress in implementation of the project “Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures” since its presentation at the 10-th Rhodes Forum (October, 2012); To look at the different methods of dialogical school teaching and to hold the exchange of international experiences in the field; To work up the strategy for the development and expansion of the project