The Dialogue School is an interactive weekly course run by and at the Dialogue Society for anyone between the ages of 17 – 27 years old and remotely concerned about society in general. The School was launched in January 2010 and has been running on a weekly basis since.
The broad aim of the school is to stimulate proactive motivation, a constructive mindset and positive channels of personal expression. To achieve this, the school aims to:
- stimulate interest in the theory and practice of intercultural dialogue
- provide a safe and vibrant environment for open and critical dialogue on sensitive societal issues, and
- instil and equip participants with key dialogue and interpersonal skills such as public speaking and effective communication, listening and empathy, critical thinking and analysis, leadership and project management and networking and self-confidence skills.
It is expected that such a school will also help reduce the tendency to become susceptible to extreme and rejectionist views.
Among other things, participants are exposed to ongoing contemporary debates in the media and expected to formulate their own ideas and opinions in response. So far, the school has proved to be immensely popular with a diverse mix of participants.