After fruitful conversations in Amman in 2021, a second meeting takes place in Denmark bringing together Ambassadors for Dialogue from Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Denmark.
By Elisabeth Vang Jørgensen
It’s three o’clock in the afternoon on a clear, warm spring day and young students rush out from their High School Øregård in Hellerup, Denmark. In between the usual sight of the Danish students, Arabic and English voices can be heard. Twenty Ambassadors for Dialogue from Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Denmark are also leaving the school after having conducted four workshops for approximately sixty of the young students.
Loud laughter and excited shouts are filling the streets as the ambassadors share their experiences of facilitating workshops at Øregård on their way back to Central Copenhagen.
Ahmed Taha, 22-year-old medical student from Tunisia, was excited to shed light on the human rights situation outside of Denmark. “I actually think we reached our desired outcomes, even though it’s always hard to measure in a project like this. We wanted the students to know more about the Human Rights situation in Tunisia, while simultaneously creating a space where they could freely express themselves,” he says. “When I read their feedback after the session, I felt like we obtained that.”
Ahmed is one of 31 ambassadors gathered in Denmark for their second international seminar. The Ambassadors for Dialogue project has been running since 2009 with chapters in Denmark, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan. The aim is to create mutual understanding among youth by developing their skills in dialogue, workshop design and facilitation. This seminar started out with three training days where the ambassadors learned new facilitation tools. The activities included working together as a team by focusing on trust, feedback, and active listening. Later the ambassadors were divided in groups and assigned to facilitate dialogue workshops in Danish high schools.