IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

Face to Faith

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has, since leaving office, done a number of interesting and, apparently, worthwhile things.   For instance, he has established the “Tony Blair Faith Foundation“:

“Mission Statement

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world’s major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.
Faith is vitally important to hundreds of millions of people. It underpins systems of thought and of behaviour. It underpins many of the world’s great movements for change or reform, including many charities. And the values of respect, justice and compassion that our great religions share have never been more relevant or important to bring people together to build a better world.
But religious faith can also be used to divide. We have seen throughout history and today we still see how it can be distorted to fan the flames of hatred and extremism.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a response to these opportunities and challenges. We will use the full power of modern communications to support and step up efforts at every level to educate, inform and develop understanding about the different faiths and between them….”

One of their prominent projects is “Face to Faith“:

“Face to Faith is designed to improve young people’s religious literacy, which is a vital skill in an increasingly complex, global society. It also offers an authentic and meaningful environment in which students can develop key 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Currently offered free to schools, Face to Faith is a global educational programme comprising of:

* a series of facilitated video conferences, enabling direct encounter and structured exchange between students
* an online community providing sustained engagement between schools as well as opportunities to link with a wide range of schools
* teacher training and support
* a team of facilitators who are on hand to moderate discussions and ensure that schools can find appropriate linking partners
* a set of optional programme resources and modules”

There is also a brief video of Mr. Blair himself explaining the project.

This sounds to me to be the way to go.   Education is the key, and this kind of contact among youth helps to break down stereotypes and fear of the “other”.  What one learns is that if I had been raised as “they” were, I would see the world exactly as they do!

IGBarb says:  Check it out.

Advertisements

June 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: