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Faced with rising violence, KAICIID Fellows 2018 graduate with the commitment to promote peace

At the same time, KAICIID is seeking applications for the 2019 KAICIID European Regional Fellows Programme from education professionals.

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Coming from 25 countries, 4 continents and 5 religions, the 2018 KAICIID Fellows graduated on 29 November 2018 with a strong commitment to promote peace and dialogue in their communities. This year, the Centre had 41 Fellows, belonging to two cohorts – the International Fellowship and the Regional African Fellowship.

The Fellows Programme brings together religious teachers from around the world for in-person and online training in dialogue, mediation and peacebuilding over the course of the year-long programme by KAICIID experts. The Fellows programme is designed to equip teachers with the skills to educate their students about interreligious dialogue; provide their students with the necessary skills to become active facilitators and leaders in interreligious dialogue; and to train their students in conflict transformation to be active peacemakers in their respective communities. After graduating from the Fellow Programme, the Fellows will join the KAICIID Fellows Network, a network of KAICIID Fellows that works on following up on the Fellows’ progress, and invests in their long-term sustainability as resource persons in the field of interreligious dialogue and conflict transformation.

Too many groups are manipulating and misusing religion to justify their violent acts. At KAICIID, we know that no religion calls for violence and, on the contrary, all religions search for peace. We know that through interreligious dialogue we can learn from each other’s traditions and dispel prejudices and misunderstandings. We know that we need more interreligious dialogue practitioners around the world.

The 2018 Fellows experienced firsthand these challenges during the trainings in the field. In May, while the International cohort was gathered in Indonesia for their second training, the country reached international headlines with the horrific Surabaya attacks, where over a dozen people died and over 40 were wounded in suicide bomb attacks that targeted three churches. One day after the attacks, our Fellows visited sacred sites in Jakarta, including its main cathedral.

Following their graduation, four graduating Fellows share their experiences over the last year, highlighting the most important lessons learned and how the programme will have an impact on their future. Read their stories here.

Deadline Extended! Call for Application: 2019 KAICIID Europe Fellows Programme

The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) currently is seeking applications from education professionals working in institutions that train future religious leaders to take part in the 2019 KAICIID European Regional Fellows Programme. The Fellows Programme will develop the abilities of religious educators to promote interreligious dialogue education and practice within their respective institutions.

KAICIID will select twenty Fellows from Europe to participate in the year-long course. Selected Fellows will participate in a series of in-person and online trainings related to interreligious dialogue, coexistence and pluralism. This integrated learning process will provide Fellows with a framework to facilitate subsequent trainings and programming within their home institutions. The Fellows will also develop and implement small-scale local and international projects during the course of the programme. There will also be opportunities to organize and attend dialogues, lectures, field visits and conferences.

Please find out more on the application process here.