Intercultural Competence Training

Online training opportunity for intercultural dialogue activists

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lntercultural competence is the ability to function effectively across cultures, to think and act appropriately, and to communicate and work with people from different cultural backgrounds – at home or abroad. Intercultural competence is a valuable asset in an increasingly globalised world where we are more likely to interact with people from different cultures and countries who have been shaped by different values, beliefs and experiences. (source: Monash University).

According to Professor Fethi Mansouri, UNESCO Chairholder, intercultural dialogue is in itself an essential tool that we will need in the post-COVID-19 environment. We will need to renegotiate a new global compact, a new social contract. Dialogue will have to play a key role in that. Perhaps it is being compromised right now, but it has a big role to play in the post-COVID-19 world that will emerge.

The Anna Lindh Foundation Swedish network held an interactive online training for civil society activists from the Euro-Med region. More than 30 trainees have learned practical intercultural skills and increased their understanding of intercultural competence and how to talk about and address intercultural opportunities and challenges.

Training content

· Intercultural competence, what it is and how it works
· Identity and migration
· Culture and cultural differences - as a concept with benefits and limitations
· The danger of the single story – on stereotypes
· Dealing with value conflicts


· A good balance between theory and practice delivered in two 2 1/2-hour- long online sessions via Zoom.
· Big group presentations mixed with small group discussions in break-out sessions
· Self-reflection exercises to do between the two Zoom sessions

Trainees profile:

· resident of the 42 Euro-Med countries
· working in an international and/or intercultural setting
· Want to increase your knowledge about and understanding of intercultural communication
· Want to listen to and share ideas about diversity, culture and intercultural encounters

When: 16-17 June at 09.30-12.00

Language: English

About the Trainer - Patrick Gruczkun (Sweden)

Patrick is a freelance trainer on intercultural competence and conflict resolution. His firm, Samarbetsbolaget is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation Swedish network. He has long experience as intercultural projects manager and education leader. He was in charge of the Anna Lindh Foundation network coordination from 2011-2016.

With the support of