Intercultural education is based on respect for human diversity and is a philosophy that acknowledges and values the distinctive qualities of all cultures within the framework of universal human rights. It promotes a model of cultural exchange between different cultural groups within the multi ethnic diverse modern society and promotes equality of access and tolerance of all cultural groups in a society. The Irish government has had a commitment to an intercultural model of diversity since the late 1990’s.
Interculturalism fundamentally requires both the citizen and the society to be open to the possibility of intercultural exchange and a willingness to engage in dialogue. This dialogue is a two way process, where members of the ‘host’ community and the ‘new’ community engage with each other to create a process which finds both a commonality of values but also respects cultural difference.
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