Unity in Diversity Campuses
Global Dialogue Foundation launched Unity in Diversity Campuses in Mumbai on 15th March 2016 Dr. Hanifa D Mezoui, (Senior Advisor, Humanitarian Affairs & Civil Society, UNAOC) handed over certificates to the Principals of 22 educational institutes for working towards Unity in Diversity.
Principals receiving their Certificates
We will propagate Unity in Diversity within campuses through the following means :
World Tolerance Day 16th November… a UN initiative The purpose of a tolerance day would be to have students from different religions come together and research about other religions and present what they understand of the religion. The 10 to 15 minute presentation may include the following:
An overview about the history of the religion
Interesting things about the assigned religion (can be anything ranging from an odd custom to something more social)
The Aspects that the students liked
What is different from the student’s own religion
Questions from the audience/ Questions to students who actually belong to the religion.
Multicultural Festivities: Campuses should also try and integrate students through multicultural festivities planned and organized by the students. The aim behind this is to make students more aware of each other’s cultures through planned activities which will be constructed in such a way that the students will learn about the cultures as the students tasks will align with information on different cultures. These events can be based on any of the Public holidays in India.
Lastly, campuses can encourage students to share their experiences with religion and how it has impacted their lives.
Unity in Diversity Companies
April 8th 2017 was a unique day for Thodomal Shahani Group of Institutions. About 60
members from the corporate world assembled for A UNIQUE WORKSHOP FOR
BUILDING UNITY IN DIVERSITY.
Prominent corporate groups like TATAs, Yes Bank, Colliers Intl, Kotak, HSBC, DCW, etc.,
were represented by senior functionaries. The NGO sector as well as Professionals,
Doctors, Lawyers were the other groups along with representatives from various religions
The workshop was part of an ambitious initiative called “UNITY IN DIVERSITY-World Civil
Society”, launched last year by the Shahani Group & Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF) in
collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
The workshop was anchored by Peter (Pece) Gorgievski, Director-General & CEO Global
Dialogue (Melbourne), Maya Shahani Chairperson, Shahani Group, Iliana Schmatelka, Intl
Consultant from Vienna & GDF Deputy Director-General, and Akhil Shahani MD, Shahani
Each of the 7 groups of participants were encouraged to come up with suggestions as to
how they can, in their respective domains, bring about UNITY IN DIVERSITY. All the 60
participants displayed huge enthusiasm, gave their ideas & suggestions, and developed
individual action plans – these ideas were noted by other groups, as well.
THE UNITY IN DIVERSITY, India Chapter was officially launched in Mumbai in March last
year by Hanifa Mezoui – Senior Advisor, UNAOC. It was followed by the inauguration of a
PEACE GARDEN at Santacruz. Subsequently, an Interfaith Dialogue on the UN
International Tolerance Day was held in Nov. A round table discussion on ‘ Business For
Building UNITY IN DIVERSITY ‘ was conducted among 50 top business leaders, under
direction from Senior Advisor – UNAOC.