Fellows Project: Interreligious and Interfaith Learning - A Key Building Block for Peaceful Coexistence at School
Mabrouka Rayachi supports the view that a culture of peace and acceptance should be promoted through education as a way to enrich dialogue. She feels that the challenge is to explore ways of incorporating in the curricula the core values of different religious traditions, as such pedagogical principles could highlight the common humanity of all people. The teacher is the agent to facilitate such processes. Through her initiative, Mabrouka seeks to engage Islamic religious teachers in interreligious dialogue training and facilitation. This one-year project aims to make Islamic religious teachers in lower Austria aware of the importance of interreligious and intercultural dialogue as a pedagogical teaching principle in promoting and sustaining peaceful coexistence at school. The main objective of this project is “to make IRD an inherent part of Islamic religious teaching, because through intensifying IRD at schools, young people will be more tolerant and understanding.” By merging the knowledge and skills acquired during the training, the participants will work on designing and developing initiatives on how to achieve these recommendations.