When people of the world are only concerned with their own interest, a common culture of peace is very distant. How can we educate people in global citizenship? This was a youth session with Bogdan Pammer, UPF Youth Europe, as moderator. Ms. Hilde Ekeberg, Norwegian Director of Youth for Understanding, Spoke about the value of cultural exchange. Learning to understand each other is one of the fundamentals for sustainable peace.
Ms. Nassima Dzair, Director of the international Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, used her own background as an example. She is from an Algerian background, born in Norway, and attended the French school in Oslo. This background made her feel very connected to the theme of being a global citizen.
Ms. Sarah Ben-Ammar, a Project Manager from Finland, also with a very international background, spoke about the need of informal education. While the society values formal professional education, we need informal education in order to mature as human beings.
Ms. Irene Incerti, board member of Young Dialogue in Norway, and UPF youth representative, spoke on freedom and responsibility. We all value freedom, but to be responsible in all kind of situations is most fundamental to building peaceful relations. [For the text of her speech, click here.]
After lunch, the conference sessions continued in the Norwegian Parliament.