Where do we go from here?

If we are to begin creating intercultural realities we have much to do in challenging:

• our personal attitudes and

• the systems of control and power which result in inequality

Dialogue between cultures requires a great deal of time and experience. The development of intercultural approaches will depend not only on people's openness, but also on politicians, who have to implement a whole series of measures to facilitate the process.

Without being too strict and taking the following list as a set model for our behaviour, we can nevertheless see that it is necessary to pass through certain stages, namely:

1. Accepting that everyone is on the same level; accepting equality of rights, values and abilities; prosecuting racism and discrimination.

2. Getting to know each other better; engaging in discussion, knowing about other people's cultures, moving towards them, seeing what they do.

3. Doing things together; co-organising, collaborating, helping each other.

4. Comparing and exchanging; exchanging viewpoints, experiencing each other's cultures and ideas, accepting mutual criticism, reaching agreements and taking decisions together.

What roles can intercultural education play in all of this? Turn to the next chapter for some ideas...

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