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Living the interfaith
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The recent dramatic events in the Middle East and Africa (such as, for example, the birth of the Islamic Caliphate, the ethnic cleansing in Iraq, the abduction and murder of hundreds of women in Africa and the religious chaos in Libya) made us feel the need to try to figure out if religions actually are the cause of everything. Moreover, in Hungary (and in much of Europe) is spreading a worrying "Islamophobia" (in fact, in Budapest was held a major international conference about it, to September 2015) which in some respects is similar to the ideals of “anti-westernization” professed in some countries of the Middle East. In this case, religion is often used, rightly or wrongly, as the last bastion of "nationalism" or "social membership", contrasting it to the company that made you want to tackle.But religions are not born and were not born for these reasons. Leaving out the purely theological content, we believe that the best thing of all religions is that very often they contain the history and identity of an entire people, traditions, customs and art. Some religions are very old then but unfortunately at risk of extinction, mainly because of human, all too often degenerated into persecution, genocide and forced proselytism.We have therefore decided to carry out this project just to try to enjoy and appreciate the true meaning of religious cults. From Islam to Zoroastrianism, through the Yazidi, Waldensian, Jews and Orthodox, all religions speak of peace and brotherhood among peoples.The objectives that the association aims to achieve are: the development of a mutual understanding, tolerance, brotherhood and friendship and knowledge of religions historically, geographically and culturally very different from each other. As a result, the course will attempt to address the most common problems especially when it comes to religion and dialogue between peoples: misunderstanding, prejudice, intolerance and fanaticism. All problems, which unfortunately are on the rise in many regions of our continent and many countries are ruining us (Europeans but also Italian) neighbours.The course is open to all age within in the age group 18-30, boys and girls, strongly interested in the project presented here, willing to learn the information that will be dispensed during the course as well as to carry out the activities in a multicultural environment rich diversity and shades. Thanks to the valuable work done by our partners, will take part in the exchange participants from the following religions: Waldesian, Zoroastrian, Alevi, Sufi, Christian Orthodox, Jewis, Neo Pagans and Yazidis. Many of them fall into the category "people with fewer opportunities."The course consists of twenty-five participants (including a group leader for each group) from: Hungary, Italy, Turkey, Estonia and Lithuania. Each group will consist of 4 participants plus a group leader.All activities will be conducted according to the criteria of non formal education, using participatory methods based on the interests of the young participants in order to develop processes and attitudes such as self-awareness, leadership, l 'empathic listening and constructive criticism; in particular, this course will use the following methods from both the staff and the participants presentations, debates, games (including those roles, indoor and outdoor), quizzes, reflections, workshops, exercises, analysis, and various modes creative expression (in particular video, posters, photos and sketches). The main activities will be two per day, accompanied by secondary ones shorter. These will be individual and group.The impact and expected results will involve:- Participants (awareness of the issue addressed, stimulate the inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue and have a more precise idea about the social/labor opportunities provisions made by the EU. Deepening concepts such as tolerance, brotherhood, friendship, and respect for diversity, acquiring a more precise idea and aware of the European Union, its role and its importance that it can have on society and people. It will also be stimulated creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit of young people by increasing the sense of esteem and self responsibility and improving the knowledge of the English language);- The partners (develop greater cohesion, acquiring new thematic material to promote and disseminate in their respective countries, to develop new ideas and suggestions, to improve and enhance future collaborations and projects under the Erasmus +)
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