Name of the Tool: Peer to Peer Educational Session
To whom is addressed: Youth and Students
Availability: In English on LDN website
Advantages: Direct application of the tools and techniques
Disadvantages: Due to time restrictions, not all participants will have the opportunity to apply the tools and techniques
This peer-to-peer workshop aims to provide participants with the essential learning knowledge about Intercultural Dialogue. It will help them acquire the fundamentals about intercultural awareness as a means of avoiding interpersonal misunderstandings. It focuses mainly on particular forms of diversity, from the different communicative styles that characterise individuals in all cultures (the rational, emotional, and intuitive styles), to differences between cultures with regard to time, courtesy, relationship building, respect for authority, tolerance of dissent, risk aversion, and other defining variables.
Materials - what do you need:
Peer learning should be mutually beneficial and involve the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience among the participants through Hands-on, additional reading material and role play. Moreover, the below tools constitute additional techniques to the improvement of this component such as:
- Peer Review: Peers from different backgrounds are brought together to jointly evaluate, against the ID benchmark and give recommendations for improvement. In addition to the assessment component, peers will also share their experience and know-how while they bring back to their communities new knowledge and skills.
- Shadowing: It involves participants spend a period of time with one or more people from another community to acquire a living experience. The aim is to facilitate an exchange of expertise by observing first-hand on how people perceive, behave and act with other people coming from a different cultural background, thus providing inspiration and new ideas for working methods.
- Exit Cards: An exit card is a small piece of paper or a post-it given to each participant at the end of the workshop, on which they write a comment to self-assess what they have learned, what they can easily implement and what constitutes a real challenge for adaptation.