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Program of the 15. BPW European Conference Zurich16
Sept. 30 2016 - Oct. 2 2016 - University of Zurich - adress and map here

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Areti Demosthenous

Institute of Historical Research for Peace
Director
Nicosia, Cyprus
I lecture on Intercultural Education aiming to enable students understand how to use cultural mainly religious differences in order to find out people’s common heritage. I am a trainer of educators in formal and non-formal education. I regard as “duty of all” to support young leaders co-exist peacefully with others under the slogan “the neighbor might be a friend – not an enemy, if we try to get to know him”. However, the multifaced identity of cosmopolitan citizens may recognize and co-exist with the national identities. Peaceful coexistence does not mean any clash of cultures.
Learning about the Other is a factor promoting financial development, because people can be productive and collaborative when they know each other or at least when they are not afraid of one another. Cultural comparative knowledge is sine qua non in our globalized society.