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Interfaith Council on Ethics Education strengthening its commitment to interfaith learning

Every year, the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children holds a three-day meeting to strategize, provide recommendations, and help set priorities for the coming period. This time, the annual meeting took place in Cape Town, South Africa from 12 to 14 August 2016.

During the discussions, members of the Interfaith Council had the opportunity to assess the main achievements of Arigatou International Geneva and provide recommendations to Ethics Education for Children. The recommendations included finding synergies with other Arigatou International initiatives in the prevention of violent extremism through education, working more closely with religious communities and faith-based organizations to promote interfaith learning with children and youth, and acting collaboratively with families in nurturing values in their children.

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Learning to Live Together in South Africa: Fostering Inter-religious Cooperation

Saydoon Nisa Sayed is a South African human rights faith activist. She is moved by her faith, passionate about children and restless on gender justice advocacy. Saydoon lives in Overport, a hilly residential area near Durban, South Africa where she is the regional coordinator for Religions for Peace, an international and interfaith movement that works across religious divides to bring peace and understanding.

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Reflections on the panel on “Education to prevent xenophobia, Islamophobia, in South Africa”

By Ilham Nasser, Ph.D.


My trip to Cape Town was an eye opening experience on many fronts. I gained new knowledge on the political atmosphere and transformation in South Africa, it’s socio economic conditions, the education system and interfaith initiatives. The trip was enriching and energizing to someone like me who has roots in the Middle East and has a great amount of despair about what is going on there. The occupation of Palestine, and the wars in Syria, and Yemen are cases in point. I travelled to Cape Town to attend a meeting of the Interfaith Council on Ethics for Children Council a project of Arigatou International. The highlight of my trip was when our host, Dr. Imam Rashied Omar organized a panel presentation and roundtable discussion with educators, and teachers who work in areas of interfaith and intercultural education as part of the Council meeting.

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