The Council of Europe believes that linguistic diversity is necessary to build intercultural understanding and is central to Europe’s cultural heritage. In line with this belief, the CoE and the European Commission have celebrated and promoted the European Day of Languages since 2001.
Today marks the 38th International Day of Peace, a UN initiative dedicated to the abolition of war and violence and the promotion of peace between and within nations. BAMIK has chosen this day to launch our blog, which will address recent issues in D&I, intercultural issues, and international events.The UN first announced that it would hold an International Day of Peace in 1981 and held its inaugural celebration one year later. Each year has a unique theme; recent years have highlighted the right to peace for all, dignity for all and sustainable development goals as building blocks for peace. The theme of the 2019 International Day of Peace is “Climate Action for Peace.” As global climate change continues, many world regions face increased instability as extreme weather events affect public health in numerous ways. This leads to increased migration and competition for resources.
Diversity & Inclusion is a global topic. To celebrate Pride Month, the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce invited guests from the business community in Bangkok to discuss diversity in Thailand. BAMIK's director Wolfgang Jockusch facilitated the panel discussion at the SO Sofitel. The panelists represented a broad spectrum of sectors and international perspectives.Waranon Vanichprapa, a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, provided a legal overview of current anti-discrimination legislation in Thailand. While the Gender Equality Act is already in place, the current challenges lie in applying and enforcing the law.
South-East Asia is also a growing market in the educational sector. Since 2016, BAMIK is engaged in Thailand. Now we presented two new, international training programs at the WorldDidac Asia in Bangkok.
Every year, the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index identifies the most popular travel destinations. Of 162 cities globally, Bangkok once again took first place with over 20 million visitors. Is it any surprise that BAMIK is always happy to be there?Mastercard's index measures the number of travelers and the turnover they create at the destination. Data come not only from Mastercard sales, but also external sources. In 2017, 20.05 million visitors stayed for an average 4.7 days and spent $173 per day. London was the second-most visited city, with 19.83 million visitors.
On the occasion of the National Science & Technology Fair, BAMIK supported the German Embassy in Bangkok with a custom-made intercultural learning game. The event attracted about one million children from all over Thailand.The National Science & Technology Fair (NSTF) is an annual event sponsored by the government of Thailand. Children of all ages are invited to explore the world of science in a gigantic show. The event not only seeks to raise children's interest in science and education, but also informs about water, waste and other environmental issues. The entire show was used to communicate the United Nation's sustainability goals to the young target audience.
BAMIK welcomed participants from around the world to its third Summer Academy to the Intercultural Train-the-trainer course. Hot temperatures transformed the intensive course to a Garden Academy.Our 2018 Summer Academy to the Intercultural Train-the-trainer Course in Berlin was fully booked with participants coming all the way from Brazil, Qatar, the Netherlands and Poland. It was by far the hottest event that BAMIK has ever hosted with temperatures as high as 38°C. The group therefore enjoyed the cooling environment of this year's very special venue. We moved the course to Stadtkloster Segen, a small monastery community in the center of Berlin. The green lawn of the church garden was a welcome alternative to the normal class room environment.
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