HYDERABAD: Face to Faith, a programme of Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation, which features video conferencing between groups of young people of different faiths from around the globe, was launched here on Thursday.
Education managers, teachers and trainers attended the orientation workshop held for the launch. Danish Jatoi, the country coordinator of the foundation, said the programme aimed to increase religious literacy among students of different faiths, beliefs and cultures and also to foster tolerance among them. The programme encourages understanding of world religions and steers discussions on a variety of issues, convening inter-faith dialogue, he explained.
The interacting groups establish an online community through video conferencing while an expert facilitator supervises the discussions among the young students.
Students get the chance to explore reasons for different views on religion and faith through the programme and it helps in creating awareness about the role of faith in people’s lives, Jatoi said.
He clarified that the programme did not intend to convert or convince students to accept any specific religion or worldview because it was designed to educate them about different religions and opinions across the globe.
Also at the launch, ADO Education, Hyderabad, Akbar Memon said the Face to Faith platform provides an opportunity to students as well as teachers to acquaint themselves with people of different cultures and faiths. “In that way, it inculcates the values of tolerance, diversity, plurality and adaptation with the changing world,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2010.
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