The forthcoming DHL sponsored Connecting Cultures camel crossing, which aims to promote intercultural dialogue between young people from different nations, including three young people from Jordan, has been given a boost in recent days through the confirmed attendance of Andrew Johnson, director of Syncro Consulting (www.syncroconsulting.com), a UK based company specialising in the development of people through learning based events, programmes and expeditions. Mark Evans, founder of Connecting Cultures ( HYPERLINK "http://www.connectingcultures.co.uk" www.connectingcultures.co.uk ) has worked with Johnson on several projects in recent years. “Andrew Johnson is a man at the top of his profession, and the young people taking part in this unique journey are extremely fortunate. The three boys from Jordan, Ahmad Hassanat, Qusai Al Zubi and Raed Abuyaseen will learn a great deal from him,” said Evans. Johnson, who arrives in Muscat on February 5th, has extensive experience in working for leading training and development organisations in the UK. Since gaining an interest in behavioural development, he has spent the last 10 years designing and delivering programmes in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA. “His role on this initiative is to help the students develop some of the key life skills which are fundamental for them as individuals in everyday life. He will do this on a daily basis through the facilitation of structured dialogue and by undertaking a series of mini challenge projects, with the main focus areas being on inter-cultural awareness and understanding, decision-making and effective communication, so supporting the work being carried out by the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and UNESCO”. “At the end of the expedition the students will have the opportunity to present their experiences and personal learning once back in Muscat in front of key sponsors and dignitaries at a reception at the Grand Hyatt hotel on February 14th,” added Evans. DHL’s support of Connecting Cultures, an initiative supported locally by UNESCO and in partnership with the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, aims to promote cultural understanding between the young people of the Middle East, UK and other nations. As part of its sponsorship DHL is paying for all logistical support of the expedition as well as the living expenses and airfare for all the participants. Mr. Robert Parua of UNESCO in Amman stated that this is an excellent initiative to raise awareness among young people to understand and improve their knowledge of other countries cultural diversity and facilitate intercultural dialogue in the context of globalisation. Toujan Bermamet at the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science added that this initiative will enable young people to engage in a constructive dialogue and exchange shared values likely to facilitate mutual understanding and foster each society’s capacities to appreciate neighbouring and distant cultures.
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