Our Cultural Identity

Our Cultural Identity
Main Topic
Empowerment and Inclusion – Cultural Identity
Additional Topic(s)
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Duration
2-4 hours
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
Goal(s)
● Getting in touch with your own cultural identity
● Learn more about different cultures and get in discussion



Expected Results

Young people learn more about their own as well as different cultures. They see differences between cultures as well as similarities. This way they get a more open mind about different cultures of the world.
Overview of Activity
Our planet is colourful! You realise this not only by taking a peek out of your window but especially when talking to people from different parts of our world.

Each and everyone of us is different. But still, there are a lot of similarities too. We are all part of a culture. This is connecting us but also differentiates us. Do you know your cultural identity?
Description of Activity
It is not a simple question of: where are you from. Cultural identity is far more complex than it may seem.



Did you know that culture includes all shared characteristics of a group of people such as place of birth, religion, language, social behaviours but also art, literature and music?



With this activity you take a deep dive into your own cultural identity and will share it with others. This will broaden your mind! You will listen, understand and act differently. By sharing cultural identities, we help to protect them. Because according to some organisations such as UNESCO, cultures are in danger of being forgotten.



So let’s dive right in and find out more about cultural identities!



1. Research activity. Create a poster collection the following questions:
a. What is cultural identity for you? Try to find a short definition.
b. What are typical characteristics for your cultural identity? For example: cuisine, social habits, religion, arts, music, regional customs, events …
c. What do you value about your cultural identity and what would you like to change?


2. Add pictures to your poster.


3. Share the poster with your group.


4. Find similarities and differences in your cultural identities and talk about it.
Sources & Additional Materials
Additional Notes
Guide the young people through this exercise. Talk open about stereotypes and try to avoid them on the posters. Avoid heated discussions, especially about religion. Moderate discussion.

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