Integrating culture into development processes is a worthy investment in the world’s future and a catalyst for achieving global objectives with cross cultural global undertones. Consequently, culture is seen as an enabler and a driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Such realisation is acknowledged in culturally diverse South Africa s evidenced in the establishment of a Heritage Day.
Heritage Day is one of the newly created South African public holidays. It is a day in which all are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up the nation of South Africa. Ideals which equally resonate with ESAA.
In the vein of celebrating shared culture rather than focusing on cultural divisions, the EMA African Chapter and its partners in Oceans organised a day of intercultural dialogue dealing with issues affecting the youth of both continents. The event which coincided with Heritage Month celebrations in South Africa brought together youth groups and personalities who are actively working to improve the lives of the youth.
Furthermore, the event had the goal:
- To improve collaboration of youth groups and ESAA partners in the SADC region and strengthening of the alumni network for further promotion of Erasmus+ and ways of impacting society positively
- To disseminate of knowledge about E+ programmes and different opportunities offered by ESAA and its member organisations in Europe and in Africa
- To establish links with partners in education, EUDs and other partners to strengthen the position of E+ alumni in the SADC
- To form partnerships with the youth groups and institutions for further dissemination of Erasmus+ and related activities in the region
Mr Alin Horj of Oceans who was in Johannesburg for the event, gave a background of the Erasmus+ programme and how prospective students can take advantage of this unique opportunity. This generated lots of interests from the participants who responded with several questions about the programme.