Aims of the project
Many of our democratic values are derived from a rich source of religious ethics. The importance of creating spaces and platforms for interfaith/cultural exchange is indicated in various political rapports and studies within the European Union. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people a comprehensive set of rights, including the freedom of religion which declare the right to have access to spiritual development as an indispensable foundation for a democratic society.
Therefore, the main goal for the project is to strengthen the youth with religious and secular backgrounds and together, reflect on existential questions based on our common human rights. We believe that this form of dialogue contributes to the molding of cultivated, educated, and respectful individuals who will contribute to a multi-faceted and pluralistic society.
We believe that religion can serve as a positive driving force, increase understanding and breach both social and cultural gaps between young people from different backgrounds. Through dialogue and engaging activities we seek to create bonds of friendship that will mitigate suspicion and discrimination. Furthermore, we believe that individuals who feel themselves caught between the demands of society and their familys gain an opportunity to work with building up their character and identity.
A nuanced picture of religion in combination with respect, hopefully will lead to an improvement of the democratic dialogue in society, decrease the risk of xenophobia, and the usage of religion for racist expression.
The main goal can be divided into sub-goals:
• Generate a process where both young and adult representatives of various religions can cooperate in the exchange of experiences and mutual empowerment.
• Develop an education manual as well as an efficient methodology that can be used as a viable template for inter-faith work.
• Prepare the selected group of 20 young participants to, within the space of a year, be ready to hold their own lectures, seminars, visit different academic forums, and take their own initiative to host inter-faith activities.
• To give our youth the opportunities to formulate their experiences in order to actively contribute and participate in various forums in society.
• Create an inter-faith website that is supervised and maintained by our youth which will facilitate further communication with other youth groups seeking similar forms of interaction and activities.
• Provide the opportunity for our youth to create a sustainable interfaith network in Sweden that can cooperate with other similar organizations within Europe, youth from the remaining international community, and youth who have experienced the “Arabic Spring”.
• Through international exchanges and conferences we seek to give our youth the chance to learn about how the questions of religion and human rights are interpreted in other European contexts as well as how “The Arabic Spring” has influenced the religious dialogue among youth in the MENA region.
• Spread our seminars and discussion groups through Fryshuset’s facilities in Gothenburg, Malmo, and Stockholm