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Faith to Divide, Faith to Unite - Interfaith Dialogue in Youth Work
Start date: May 5, 2016, End date: Aug 4, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Although religious identification is seen on a decrease in many western European states, tensions and discrimination based on religious terms still form a common concern. Especially in the light of the refugee crisis and the increasing religious diversification in western European states, the need for projects, which give the chance for a constructive and mutual exchange between faith groups, can be clearly seen. Concerning the EECA partner region the starting point is slightly different. Religious has often re-gained importance in several states after its harsh suppression during the Soviet Union. This growing importance however also includes the risk of a marginalization of minority religions, which members are often living in the region for several centuries. This also justifies the need for dialogue activities, which will raise the sensitivity of especially young people towards other faiths Taken the described context into consideration, the proposed training course “Faith to divide, Faith to unite – Interreligious Dialogue in Youth Work“ will gather 26 youth worker and youth leaders from programme an EECA partner countries to explore the potential for inter-faith activities in youth work settings.The specific objectives of the project are:• To give youth workers and youth leaders the chance for a personal reflection on important topics related to inter-faith dialogue and their own motivation to run activities in this field• To raise the participant's intercultural sensitivity through exploring various faiths as well as the principles of constructive dialogue among religions • To equip youth workers and youth leaders with tools and methods, which they can use for inter-faith dialogue activities with young people• To create a network of likeminded individuals and organizations who would like to further explore the topic of inter-faith dialogue and to work on follow-up projects for young people of divers religious backgroundsParticipants will be youth workers and youth leaders with background in social work and sincere motivation to further develop their activities in the field of inter-faith dialogue.The working methods will be based on the principles and values of the non-formal education approach and will cover a balanced composition of interactice exercises, personal reflection and inputs by invitied experts. The envisioned impact mainly covers the increased quality and quantity of inter-faith dialogue project in the targeted communities and on a long term therefore a contribution to a peaceful co-existence and collaboration in culturally divers environments.
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