On 19th July, the team of Globe Ed organized a presentation on intercultural communication at Indus Valley World School, Kolkata, for students of class 11 and 12. The talk was led by Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, a former lecturer of Social Anthropology at Heidelberg University, Germany.
Intercultural communication seeks to understand the differences in how individuals with different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds act, communicate, and perceive the world around them and how they connect and share information across different cultures and social groups. The students learnt that today it is necessary to enhance cross-cultural competence. Models such as the culture onion made them understand different layers of their identities and the cultural iceberg explained that what we perceive of others is only a small part of their culture, the surface. The main parts of culture such as ideas, values, notions of morality or manners, approaches to studying/learning and religion or different communication styles, are lying below the surface and are not easy to identify.
Ms. Amita Prasad, the Director of Indus Valley World School, contributed to the talk and introduced us to the term, “Otherization” as it stands against “Inclusion”. She pointed out that intercultural communication is very important to break down walls, overcome prejudices and build awareness of cultural differences.
We thank the director, Mrs. Prasad for inviting us to her school and hope the morning raised enough questions in the minds of the students.