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…

This work­shop

  • 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 (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, 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

Afro-Asian Insti­tute

Leech­gasse 22-24, A-8010 Graz

+43 316 32443458 | +43 676 87423309

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on work­shops at the Afro-Asian Insti­tute  please vis­it:

© Egon Laup­pert