Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre recently received a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers education program Nordplus. The grant is a Nordplus Horizontal grant intended for co-operation within education and lifelong learning between at least two sectors, for example between higher education and the school sector, or between organizations, institutions and companies across the public and private sectors.
The core objective of the project is to develop an e-course in cultural competency training, specifically aimed at educating personnel of universities and municipalities that will be available to them in their own language. The course is designed to increase the employee’s knowledge on different cultures and cultural norms. It will furthermore foster the employee’s awareness of their own culture, promote positive attitudes towards other cultures among the employees and teach appropriate skills in cultural competency.
Höfði Peace Centre is coordinating the project in cooperation with four other universities, the University of Gothenburg, University of Oslo, the University of Helsinki and RISEBA University Riga and three municipalities, the City of Reykjavík, the City of Helsinki and the City of Oslo. In addition Aalborg University is participating in the project with a guest professor.
Pia Hansson the Director of Höfði Peace Centre, Auður Birna Stefánsdóttir project manager at the Centre and Hanna Ragnarsdóttir professor in Multicultural Studies developed the project and work on it on behalf of Höfði in cooperation with professors from the partner universities and specialists from the partner municipalities.