Sustainable development requires inclusion of everyone – so embrace the diversity in your local community – in your country – in the world!
And where do you find diversity?
In Norway you find diversity – I have been surrounded by diversity throughout my education. Namely, because it’s been both boys and girls in my classes, and amongst my classmates there have been a pool of different interests and hobbies. I been living in different cities in Norway, however I perceive Oslo as “the diversity-city” in Norway. Strolling around in Oslo from one part of the city to another is something I love doing. When doing that I feel like I am travelling between different worlds. FASCINATING!
In South Africa you find diversity. Twice I been living in the country of Nelson Mandela. Every second, I found myself being surrounded by diversity in South Africa. Various articles and documents about South Africa, includes buzzwords like “diversity” or “rainbow-nation”. And for me, it is also this diversity that makes me keep on wanting to come back. I become so fascinated by the diversity you find in South Africa from history, culture, food, music, nature.
In Nepal you find diversity – I have found diversity especially in the various of cultures I learned about and observed. For example, in Dharan, I see modern dressed teenager, I see women wearing saris, I see different national costumes, I see military officers – Basically, I see it all. And this town isn’t that big either, only 141,439 lives here (in Oslo it lives approximately 673,469. In comparison, my hometown Trondheim has a population of 193, 000 – Trondheim is not a big city in European scale – however it is the third largest in Norway). Although not big, I sometimes feel like I'm getting a bit of everything in this cozy, diverse town of Dharan.
At FK-Norway I found diversity… PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER WORLD was gathered to get to know each-other and exchange cultures. We even had a cultural evening and I was blown away by the different dances, songs and performances. I remember sitting there with Jørund Ungdomsdelegat. We were like two proud parents looking at our kids. Honestly, I think I gotten some wet eyes while I watched. It was so beautiful to see the diversity and energy from the huge group. A group from every corner of the world – working soooo good together. Diversity is KEY of successful programmes.
In my life I been surrounded by diversity – and this diversity around me I get energy from, I get excited of it – and it only makes me want more of it – It is my addiction – However, I perceive it as a gooooood addiction.