Closer to each other. Education and dialogue in a culturally composite group
We are presenting to a reader book Closer to each other. Education and dialogue in a culturally composite group. The book includes articles prepared within the framework of the “Leadership Program” – Seminars for Israeli Educators in Poland” and have been presented at the conference “Closer to each other. Education and Dialogue in a culturally Composite Group” that took place on 9th November 2015 as well as during the substantive preparatory meetings. Authors of the articles presented the issue of cultural diversity from their own research perspective. They reveal the complexity of intercultural dialogue and its numerous entanglements- ideological, political and educational contexts. Articles form a coherent narrative are showing the need to build a “living bridges” between nations, societies and generations. In terms of content articles include three problem groups. The first group takes into account the theory and practice in intercultural education, the second – teaching a common Polish-Jewish history and its implications for the current Polish-Israeli relations and, finally, the third describes the educational innovations occurring in Poland and Israel. The book is complemented with selected reflections of participants – the students of partner universities participating in the project and enriched by photo-relation from the project activities. The most important field of analysis been done is an intercultural education. This is the term for both educational activities aimed at raising awareness on the problems of minorities settling in countries with a higher standard of living than their country of origin, as well as the problems of vanishing cultures, opportunities and barriers to the creation of societies open to cultural difference. It was therefore concluded that we should speak about interculturality not only in relation to societies accepting immigrants.