KAICIID’s first youth consultation brought together over 40 young people from many regions of the world to consult with KAICIID on many of its current and future projects and receive training in Interreligious Dialogue.
The KAICIID Youth Consultation and Interreligious Dialogue Training on 14-15 August gathered young followers of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. The group offered many creative suggestions to sustainably engage young people in interreligious dialogue. Their proposals also focussed on making sure that the engagement is inclusive of all identity groups.
The KAICIID Youth Consultation and Interreligious Dialogue Training marks the beginning of a series of programmes and projects that will focus on empowering young people in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, as both current and future leaders.
The young adults, who represented various interreligious and religious organisations from 15 different countries, were welcomed to the KAICIID Dialogue Centre by its Deputy Secretary General Claudia Bandion-Ortner and Chief of Staff Fahad Abualnasr.
Many of the young people voiced their interest in cooperating with KAICIID and were excited to broaden their horizons on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Over two days, they engaged in six sessions on interreligious dialogue programmes, processes, facilitation and design. The participants discussed and provided recommendations on the development of a Young Adult Interreligious Network to enhance the involvement of youth in interreligious dialogue. They also discussed ideas for local projects and possible opportunities for cooperation.
The participants agreed that young people committed to preserving diversity are of paramount importance in shaping the world’s future. It is their voices and involvement that will promote global interreligious and intercultural harmony today and in the future. To support their desire to contribute, the consultation with KAICIID also assessed young people’s needs to be able to address those requirements in current and future KAICIID programmes and projects.
Following the youth consultation, KAICIID hopes to form an interreligious young adults’ network to help them support and engage with as many KAICIID activities as possible. KAICIID will also invite young people to take part in the upcoming KAICIID Training of Trainers programme, which builds the capacity of young leaders in interreligious dialogue and facilitation. This programme will draw upon the participants’ experience and multireligious and multinational character to develop training material that will contribute to the development of the field.
One participant summed up her experience at the consultation: she enjoyed “when real questions and concerns were heard and discussed”.
Engaging Youth in Dialogue Between Religious Communities
The KAICIID Youth Consultation and Interreligious Dialogue Training on 14-15 August 2014 gathered young followers of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. The group offered many creative suggestions to sustainably engage young people in interreligious dialogue. Their proposals also focussed on making sure that the engagement is inclusive of all identity groups.
The young people were engaged, committed and passionate about interreligious dialogue and its capacity to bring peace. They spoke to KAICIID about the role of youth in dialogue, and in peace.