Information-educational center “Dialogue of Cultures”

Information-educational center “Dialogue of Cultures” on the premises of the Karelian branch of RANEPA

I. Aims and tasks  

The main aims are:     

- the formation of the culture-educational tolerant environment by the mechanism of intercultural communi cation;

- keeping the nationally-cultural identity, traditions and values of the peoples living on the territory of the Republic of Karelia.

The main tasks are:

- cultural and educational activities;

- support of the language environment, including the study of Russian as a foreign language;

- promotion of the process of development of national cultures and art;

- bringing up the youth based on respect and knowledge of the history of the motherland and the traditions of the peoples living there;

- getting the knowledge on the problems and the state of development of national cultures in the countries of “near” and “far” abroad by the youth.

II. Formsof work

The main forms of work are:

- conducting presentations “Days of national culture” and “The Language Day” by nationally-cultural public organizations;

- conducting “The Tolerance Day;”

-  implementing the culture-national component into the educational programs of training, re-training and in-depth training of state and municipal servants in order to increase the national-cultural and national-religious competence of the managerial staff of the government bodies;

- working out and implementation of educational programs on the requests of nationally-cultural public organizations, including the programs for children and the youth;

- implementation of “public diplomacy,” i.e. the use of the initiatives and acquaintances of the members of the educational center “Dialogue of Cultures” with one’s motherland in order to enlarge cooperation, to get humanitarian aid (books, study-methodological manuals), to organize field trips;

- preparing TV, radio and internet projects on the life and activities of nationally-cultural public organizations, movements and ethnic diasporas living on the territory of the Republic of Karelia;

- conducting scientific, educational and cultural-entertainment events;

- the training of the representatives of nationally-cultural public organizations on fund raising on the nationally-cultural themes for application to international and Russian funds and organizations;

- research on the problems of national identity in order to spot “problem zones” and to find solutions for them.

III. Expected results

The main expected results should be:

- finding out and satisfaction of ethno-cultural needs of the citizens, achieving international stability;

- keeping free access to Russian and foreign culture-educational potential by all categories of citizens;

- provision of equal cultural development of all ethnic groups living on the territory of the Republic of Karelia;

- publications on the activities of the information-educational center “Dialogue of Cultures” in mass media and internet in order to spread the experience of intercommunicational interaction between national cultures.