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The sixth and final plenary session of the ‘Learning to live in a multicultural world’ (LLMW) conference, on August 6th, was highly animated with group discussions, exercises and stories.

The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), in 1989, has led to a new perception of the child. Jean Zermatten, founder and director of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child and former President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has given us an interview during the ‘Children as actors for transforming society’ conference (CATS).

The morning plenary on the fifth day of ‘Learning to Live in a Multicultural World’ in Caux, above Montreux, on 5th August, was all about ‘Personal Action for Society’. Facilitated by Imre Végh, Trainer, Coacher, Facilitator and co-founder of the ‘Better World Foundation’ (‘Stichting Verbeter de Wereld’), the plenary was designed to inspire the participants trough motivational games and interactions to take action and follow their dreams.

The HUB on August 5th hosted an interesting presentation on the blogging workshop that has taken place during the LLMW-conference. The two winners of the Caux blogging competition, Alec Saelens and Sherif Rizq, who have been writing blog posts on this conference during the past few days, and videographer Reinout Van Schie presented, together with their ‘coach’ journalist Octavia Nasr, some of the content and outcomes of the workshop and their activities.

The posts of the two winners of the blogging contest organised by “Learning to live in a multicultural world” will be published on our website during the conference. The co-winner Sherif Rizq is a writer at Al Masry Al youm Egyptian daily newspaper. He is writing mainly about minority groups, human rights and citizenship. He also is a political analyst at Egyptian TV and a global Council Trustee at United Religions Initiative (URI) in the Middle-East and North Africa.

On the morning of August 4th 2013, Caux participants took part in the fourth interactive session of the ‘Learning to live in a multicultural world’ conference. Under the title ‘Building trust across generations’ speakers presented two case studies, upon which individual groups were then asked to reflect on for an hour, and then bring back their group thoughts in the form of an oral presentation given at the end of the session.

The posts of the two winners of the blogging contest organised by “Learning to live in a multicultural world” will be published on our website during the conference. The co-winner Alec Saelens, 22, from Belgium, is a master student in International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The conference is an opportunity for him to explore alternative facets of multiculturalism and enhance his writing skills learning alongside the journalist Octavia Nasr.

The posts of the two winners of the blogging contest organised by “Learning to live in a multicultural world” will be published on our website during the conference. The co-winner Alec Saelens, 22, from Belgium, is a master student in International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The conference is an opportunity for him to explore alternative facets of multiculturalism and enhance his writing skills learning alongside the journalist Octavia Nasr.

On the evening of August 2nd, the Main Hall in Caux was turned into a library… Made of human books. So, what is a ‘human library’? And why did it happen during the ‘Learning to live in a multicultural world’ conference?

One of the special groups who are coming to the Seeds of Inspiration event is Intermission Youth Theatre (IYT) from London.  This company is made up of a number of young people who are considered “at risk” and have joined the company with the aim of learning more about theatre and Shakespeare and being given the opportunity to build new lives away from their risky situations.