The Ethics Education for Children toolkit testing workshops enter the home stretch with the seventh workshop successfully concluded inDar es Salaam,Tanzania. Thirty young persons between the ages of 13 and 18, and 20 adults from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda participated in the workshop held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 8 – 10 December 2006.
Coming from the Christian, Muslim, Bahá’í, Buddhist and Hindu faith traditions, the children, young persons and adults fromTanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda took part in the workshop whose theme was Journeying Together for Peace, and lasted for three days.
The adults discussed what it meant to be an escort or adult participant in a workshop for children and youth. They were introduced to the toolkit on Ethics Education through Interfaith Learning and were informed about GNRC Africa.
Thereafter, a committee member of the Interfaith Council, the Auxiliary Bishop of Dar es Salaam, Dr. Method Kilaini addressed the participants on issues of values and ethics during the opening of the workshop.
Ustadh Selemani Lolila from the National Council of Tanzania Muslims, (BAKWATA) delivered a speech touching on Islam and Ethics Education at the beginning of the workshop.Also in attendance were Sr. Jean Pruitt M.M. and Dr. Mustafa Ali, the Coordinator of GNRC Africa.
On the second day, the workshop participants did a Journey for Peace by visiting the various places of worship inlcuding the Hindu Temple, the Mosque, the Church, the Buddhist Temple and the Bahá’í Centre.
On the last day of the workshop, the participants were introduced to, and took part in discussion on non-violent resolution of conflicts. They charted the way forward, and how they would like to implement what they learnt during the workshop.
Thereafter, they visited the University of Dar es Salaam to see the places of worship situated in the same location.