CULTURAL HARMONY

Culture is an integrated pattern of human knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors that symbolically depict the capacity and values of a group to adapt to the conditions of its environment and or thrive over the challenges of time. Therefore, each group has its own unique culture. Since there are many groups, there are many cultures.

Cultural elements include our language, cuisine, couture, and ways and means of observation, conservation, and interpretation. Culture is our human identity because it defines who we indeed are. The term "cultural diversity" expresses the variety of cultural differences, showcasing each in its unique way, and highlights cultural synergy's strengths in society. The term is also a driving force for development, not only in respect of economic growth but also as a means of enjoying a more fulfilling personal experience, whether intellectually, emotionally, morally, or spiritually. Foundation for Cultural Diversity has been collaborating with various organizations to celebrate "Cultural Diversity Day" in various ways since UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Culture Organization) proclaimed every May 21 the "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" at the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity back in November 2001.

We surmise that cultural homogeneity is on its way to extinction and that the recognition of cultural diversity has become the new global tradition. However, cultural diversity is just the first step and incomplete without harmony or congruence between people of different cultures. Cultural harmony shows the possibility of how one culture relates to another and how a person relates to society. It also provides a vision of how people of diverse cultural backgrounds can relate to one another in the community without compromising their cultures' integrity and still live and work peacefully and desirably together within a society, a community, or a household.


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African /World Interfaith Harmony (February 1-7)

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February. In 2021 we mark the inaugural African Religions and Spirituality Harmony Conference on February2.


This interfaith Harmony week provides an excellent opportunity to promote religious understanding, harmony, respect, and tolerance among the religions and the people of Africa. The Interfaith harmony Conference allows us to Implement transformative agenda for achieving the Sustainable Development goal, 16 & 17.


African spiritual, traditional, and religious leaders meet to advance the harmony between the diversity of faiths and beliefs amongst practitioners by ensuring that people understand their purposes and best practices, and improve how the African societies contribute to global peace, nation-building, and harmony in Society.


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Cultural Harmony, Cultural Empathy, Cultural Sustainability Children's (SDGs) Program

The dialogues of cultures have become a necessity for global co-existence and improved partnerships. In fact, culture's role is vital to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cultural Exchange Programs encourage cross-cultural learning, understanding, and cross-cultural-confidence development and create a well-established meaningful understanding of World cultural heritage. World Cultural Heritage program for children is designed to elucidate how exposure and early learning about the values and traditions can influence understanding and cherishing other cultures around the World. There are three categories of programs: all interactive and recorded life on a set for television.

1) The first category is the episode on World Views, which allows the children to improve their World views early on. The program engages children in discovering how geography, climatic conditions, determine cuisines, language, traditions, and cultures of a particular society. This program connects children on set with children on the focused society via Skype or another social medium to engage them in a cultural dialogue. During this show, children learn all they can about that culture and ask questions about their curiosities in real-time.

2) the next program is promoting the sustainability of cultural authenticity in various societies. This program picks a folk tale from a particular culture and tells the story by having them utilize their creativity to create a cultural theme. In most cases, children are encouraged to make a doll of the story's protagonist or their favorite character using a cultural Ndebele dollmaking technic learned during the show.

3) The third category is the promotion of World Cultural Heritage, which introduces a traditional string instrument of a particular culture. An expert in the required discipline is invited to introduce and demonstrate the musical instrument and play it with the host music teacher, who will always have a mundane instrument such as a guitar, cello, or violin to harmonize with the guest traditional string instrument. The entire programs are geared toward a cultural understanding of cultural diversity, creating valuable content for historical, current, and future context.

Outline of the Program

I. Cultural Sustainability

A. Opening: greet and introduce the program; explain the procedure of the program

B. Locate Europe on the World Map-put a star on it (interactive Q and A)

C. Learn about world region through world geographic climates as the driving factor for cultures and traditions

D. Learn about all world Countries.

E: Meet School-age children around the World through Skype in the classroom

2. Cultural Empathy

A. Opening: greet and introduce program; explain the procedure of program while helpers distribute art materials

B. Defining empathy and focusing children on why they are making the doll for someone they care about (interactive Q and A)

C. Listen to a world folktale from oral history while they make their dolls

D. Express themselves about their dolls and whom they care about, and why

E: Show their dolls for a group picture

3. Cultural Harmony: (learning cultural harmony through a combination of string music)

A. Opening: greet and introduce the program; explain the procedure of the program

B. Children are introduced to the string instruments through the history and origin (interactive Q and A)

C. Touch and feel the musical instruments

D. Learn to distinguish the musical tones and sounds from individual instrument

E: Experience harmony through the combination of the string instruments sounds

F: Sing and Dance to the music if desired


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