Guidelines for donations from IKC
The Intercultural Centre – IKC - is a philanthropic not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote International, intercultural programs and activities at a time when the world is experiencing a period of upheaval and intolerance of those deemed as different and a threat to’ our way of life’.
The overall philosophy of IKC is to promote living together in peaceful multicultural environments instead of environments characterized by tension, distrust of the other, aggression and violence. More specifically, the aim of IKC is to broaden intercultural understanding in the areas of education and culture, especially where the two connect.
The IKC attempts to deal with the complexity of cultural issues, such diversity and equity, in constructive ways that bring people together and attempts to build bridges of understanding rather than fences of separation and exclusion.
IKC seeks to inspire and empower individuals and social groups to enrich their communities and the outside world. IKC supports projects that contribute towards achieving a deeper respect for human beings in the following fields:
Education, especially methodologies that promote cooperation and intercultural competence
The establishment of interdisciplinary networks
The construction of shared values
World citizenship and conflict prevention.
IKC chooses to define intercultural competence in terms of active, co-operative learning challenges that lead to the development of skills and abilities that deal with diversity. Ethnic diversity is one example of such diversity. Gender, socio-economic status, language, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion…..are all examples of cultural fields.
IKC also recognizes the importance of dialogue between human beings and social groups as a tool to prevent all forms of conflict.
Within the arts and sciences, IKC aims to encourage interdisciplinary projects that are located on the periphery of existing more mainstream disciplines.
The strategy and efforts of IKC also include building bridges between people, commercial enterprises, non-profit organisations (or foundations) and institutions. This is achieved by encouraging and supporting contacts, partnerships, symposia, seminars, small conferences and projects.
Although the objectives of IKC are global, and rather utopian, they can serve as an example of good practice that can hopefully have a “snowball effect”.
The meaning of education can be reduced to “learning”, which does play a very important role in all societies.
IKC, however, chooses to define intercultural education, in a broader sense, as the active acquiring of knowledge in order to deal with ethnic historical diversity, social diversity, skills and cultural diversity. The focus of intercultural education is on the links between people, groups and institutions. These links are important as diversity is an inherent part of societies. Recognizing the dynamics of culture, inclusion and participation as well as learning to live together, is of utmost importance to IKC.
Support can be given to the following: workshops, seminars, courses, meetings and conferences outside the realm of mainstream schooling/educational systems.
Support can, for instance, be in the form of conferences/workshops held in poor countries with the cooperation of independent NGOs that work to promote information which furthers the cause of democracy. “Non-eligible” countries should be offered support through civic institutions.
Cultural projects established in poor and resource lacking countries can yield the added bonus of creating long-term inter-cultural contacts between rich and poor countries, as well as creating job possibilities within participating countries.
It has always been an objective of IKC to grant status to so-called low status project participants. By the same token, the time has now come to acknowledge that well have abilities/competencies which we can contribute, exchange and from which we can benefit. The time has also come to contribute to the globalization by offering all genuine equal opportunity.
The primary goal of IKC is to encourage artists to deal with the social and political issues of the day, and to provide a venue for these artists to present their work to the public. IKC is fundamentally interested in the role played by art in contemporary society, and it promotes initiatives that give an artistic dimension to the issue of social emancipation.
Cultures express their perception of the world through art, and this way they construct their identities. Art represents culture and the freedom of culture to invent itself.
Support can be given to the following: the exchange of songs, music, sketches, theatre, art, improvisation and other cultural activities. The exchanges could be staged in the recipient country, in a village, neighbourhood, school, occupied buildings, minority enclaves, a prison or a refugee camp
Establishing interdisciplinary networks
This includes special projects which aim to create and strengthen relations between countries, local communities and relations between professional and amateur groups.
Building shared values
IKC aims to contribute to the furthering of democracy, equality and peace in the countries from which many of its participant students originate. Many of our IKC students have acquired an education or secured job experiences with which they can contribute and thereby support a global phenomenon which will benefit developing countries.
On an international level there once was talk of a brain drain from developing countries. Now, however, we talk of a brain gain. IKC students have not severed all ties to their countries of origin. They transfer money as well as new concepts and know-how. Many countries of origin have been bled of human resource, physical and conceptual, and the time has now come to support projects, confrontation and transfer of energy, not only within education but also art.
World citizenship and conflict prevention
We believe in the participation of citizens in shaping the future of the world. Citizens need to be involved in the world project and their participation is vital to the enlargement and construction of a world democratic identity. Assuming responsibility and taking initiative is the ultimate transformation from client to agent.
IKC wishes to improve the dialogue between human beings and fight any form of discrimination. We recognize that the scope of political influence and funding needed to make macro changes are the domain of primary world institutions. Nevertheless, we have a role to play on the level at which we can be effective. We contribute to conflict prevention by supporting projects that fight discrimination, encouraging communication between policy makers, educating citizens in diversity sensitization, promoting affirmative action when processes within society under perform and providing role models of successful engagement to the disaffected.