Stories & Culture
Cultural Diversity: Practice of myth values theory
Ethnic peace is in Kenya is still elusive despite the widely publicized 2008 ethnic violence. The crisis that followed a contentious election left thousands of people dead and many more maimed and homeless. It was a demonstration of the volatility of interethnic relations in the country. The government has since tried to improve ethnic relations using a variety of methods, including legal and inter-ethnic cultural activities such as games and sports, but there has not been either widespread or lasting success. The latest is the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) promoted by the President and the Opposition Leader, but its success is unlikely violence and abuses and divisions in events to promote it. Desperate Kenyans are urging for new approaches to create lasting peace. The Syokimau Cultural Centre believes that ethnic violence is rooted in ideas that people hold and which are transmitted through folklore. The Myth Values Theory introduces a fresh approach to the search for interethnic peace.
Cultural diversity supports the idea that every person can make a unique and positive contribution to the larger society because of, rather than in spite of, their differences. Diversity, therefore, brings in new ideas and experiences, and people can learn from each other. Bringing in different ideas and perspectives leads to better problem-solving. Working in diverse teams opens dialogue and promotes creativity. The value of diversity is true for all cultures. In schools and other institutions of learning, in workplaces, in social places and even in homes, people from different cultural backgrounds bring their own knowledge and life experiences.
One way to learn about other cultures is to participate in Intercultural training workshops.
Course Rationale: to interact with others without demeaning, invalidating or disempowering their cultural identity.
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