Creating Intercultural Communities Conference Report 2008
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In October 2008, AONTAS hosted its annual conference entitled Creating Intercultural Communities. This conference sought to provide a forum for Irish and EU stakeholders to explore how adult and community education contributes to positive, respectful interaction and understanding between minority and majority cultures, and equality of opportunity in a culturally diverse Ireland. In
other words, the conference explored the role of adult and community education in the creation of interculturalism so that every person in Ireland, and the EU, can have the status, feeling and practice of citizenship without sacrificing cultural
identity. The objectives of the conference were to:
- Explore the concept of intercultural dialogue in the context of a rapidly changing Europe.
- Provide a forum for discussion on the meaning of intercultural dialogue in an Irish context.
- Showcase the role of adult and community education in promoting intercultural dialogue through examples of practice.
- Explore ways in which adult and community education can be developed to realise the core principle of interculturalism in the White Paper.