Dialogue Seeds: Dialogue in the Dark Workshops in Armenia

We made it to Armenia!

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Every time the Dialogue team lands in a new city, we are full of the same energy and hope to bring the Dialogue in the Dark message and experience to both visitors and blind persons who may join our cause. We were invited to Armenia and formed a great international blind facilitators team from Germany, Lithuania and Mexico. On April 29th and 30th we conducted 4 DiD workshop sessions at the UWC Dilijan.

UWC was founded in 1962, when the Atlantic College in Wales was founded with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the Cold War era. By offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding it was intended that the students would as champions of peace. The UWC network is comprised of 17 colleges around the world. At UWC, diversity extends to differences in socio economic background, culture, race and religion as well as nationality. UWC students are united in their commitment to positive social action to build a more equitable and fairer world.

For years we have been convinced that the DiD workshops are a great unique learning curriculum tool for those schools who are focused on developing social human skills in their students. Therefore, we were excited to present the dark workshops in the UWC Dilijan where youth from more than 70 countries are studying.

Around 80 participants took place in the dark sessions. Participants came from different fields: private companies, non for-profit organizations, admin staff and student of the UWC Dilijan.

The workshops in the dark were focused on developing personal skills to manage uncertainty. The dark environment is a metaphor of uncertain situations and the blind facilitators are experts on dealing with uncertainty everyday as blind persons living in a visual society. The workshops experiences took the participants through the different levels of learning: emotional, performance and actions.

We trust we have put the Dialogue seed in the Armenian land and we wish the DiD experience finds soon a new permanent venue in Armenia.