Every year on May 21st, UNESCO celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.   

This day is dedicated to promoting the importance of cultural diversity as a vital component of development and peace.   

The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI), under the visionary leadership of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, proudly joins in this celebration, reaffirming our dedication to promoting understanding, tolerance, and unity among people of all cultures and backgrounds.  

Understanding the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002 following the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO.   

This day recognizes the immense value of cultural diversity and its role in encouraging dialogue, promoting social cohesion, and driving economic growth.  

It aims to encourage people to learn about and appreciate the diversity of cultures around the world and to understand the crucial role that intercultural dialogue plays in achieving peace and sustainable development.  

COFI’s Mission and Cultural Diversity  

COFI’s mission aligns closely with the principles upheld by the World Day for Cultural Diversity.   

Through the promotion and sponsorship of charitable initiatives, COFI seeks to help individuals, communities, and nations lead purposeful and productive lives in service to the Lord.   

Valuing and celebrating cultural diversity are key to our mission because we believe it strengthens relationships and collaboration among people. 

 The Importance of Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is a source of strength and resilience. It drives innovation, creativity, and economic progress by bringing different perspectives and ideas together.   

By valuing and respecting diverse cultures, we can create environments where people feel included and valued, laying the groundwork for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. 

COFI operates in various countries, including Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Malawi, and more, each with its unique cultural heritage.  

At the heart of our mission lies the embrace and celebration of cultural diversity, as we firmly believe it encourages mutual understanding and collaboration.  

  • Cultural Exchange Programs: COFI organizes cultural exchange programs that bring together people from different backgrounds to share their traditions, stories, and experiences. These programs help break down barriers and foster mutual respect and appreciation.  
  • Community Events: We sponsor community events that celebrate cultural diversity through music, dance, art, and food. These events provide opportunities for people to come together, learn from one another, and forge lasting connections.  
  • Education and Awareness: COFI is committed to raising awareness about the importance of cultural diversity and the need to protect and preserve cultural heritage. Through educational initiatives and outreach programs, we empower individuals and communities to embrace their cultural identities while respecting others.  

How You Can Celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity?

Join us in celebrating UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development by:  

  • Learning About Other Cultures: Take the time to learn about different cultures, their traditions, and their contributions to the world.  
  • Participating in Cultural Events: Attend cultural events in your community or online to experience and appreciate cultural diversity firsthand.  
  • Promoting Inclusion: Encourage inclusive practices in your workplace, school, and community. Celebrate the diversity of those around you and advocate for policies that promote equality and respect.  

At COFI, we believe that cultural diversity is something to be celebrated and a powerful force for positive change.   

Through our firm commitment to promoting dialogue and development, we are proud to stand in solidarity with UNESCO and the global community in celebrating cultural diversity today and every day.   

Join us as we continue to build a world where every culture is valued, respected, and celebrated.