The Afro-Asian Institute has supported the intercultural and interfaith exchange at school and beyond for many years, focussing on civilisation, culture, world religions, xenophobia and living environment of people from the Global South. The project ComUnitySpirit gives emphasis to interfaith dialogue and workshops, that try to convey religious and intercultural diversity and teach an open mind as well as appreciation when dealing with this diversity, as part of a democratic pluralistic society.
The following workshops can be booked via ComUnitySpirit – religions and cultures in dialogue for the extent of 2-3 teaching units:
„Trialog macht Schule“ (Trialogue at school)
This workshop focusses on the three major monotheist world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The objective is getting to know similarities and differences of the three monotheist world religions by playful learning and interactive participation, promoting mutual respect and preventing Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and radical tendencies like religious and ideological extremism. Topics are Abraham, founders of religions, holidays, life circle celebrations, religious freedom, converting, dietary rules, prayers, prayer positions, clothing rules, places of worship, holy scriptures, calendars, language and script, religious symbols, believers worldwide…
- promotes diversity
- encourages interfaith dialogue
- looks at diversity as social resource
- fights discrimination
- contributes to preventing racism and anti-Semitism
- prevents Islamophobia and anti-Semitism
- provides prevention of extremist tendencies
An expert on Islam and another one for Judaism will visit the school or educational institutions, the Christian aspect is normally provided by the teachers of religious education.
Target group: starting at Year 3.
For more information on this workshop visit http://www.granatapfel.ws/trialog/ (Mag.a Kathrin Ruth Lauppert-Scholz)
„ZusammenHalt! Genial statt radikal“ (United against radicalism)
This workshop aims to promote social unity of pupils and gives advice on how a community in peace and solidarity could exist as well as fosters moral courage against exclusion and intolerance. The workshops’ objective is to prevent and immunise against radicalism by using an inclusive and playful approach encouraging open-mindedness and empathy, respectful communication and social inclusion. Together experts and students participate in activities that increase trust and show how important it is to have faith in each other, gaining basic knowledge on intercultural and interfaith exchange that is relevant to everyday life of children and teenagers broadening their perspectives and providing them with more responses to “the other”.
Target group: starting at Year 7.
The workshops are sponsored again by “Zentrum Polis – Politik lernen in der Schule” (Centre Polis – How to learn politics at school, http://www.politik-lernen.at/) during the school year 2017-2018. Thanks to the support of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs 30 workshops can be held free of charge per school year. Unfortunately, this year all of them have already been booked. Thank you for supporting the promotion of the interfaith dialogue!
Contact – Workshop booking:
Jennifer Brunner, MA MA BA
Project leader and coordinator for the Interfaith Council for the City of Graz
Leechgasse 22-24, A-8010 Graz
+43 316 32443458 | +43 676 87423309
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