Education

Sharing knowledge helps us make informed decisions that benefit us all.
Schoolchildren at a wooden desk

Harmful stereotypes that fuel tensions between religious groups are usually rooted in ignorance, and the desperation of poverty often catalyzes violent outbreaks. Therefore, URI Cooperation Circles work to educate people to create safer, more peaceful communities.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • Escuela de Amor CC has been visiting a Catholic school in Buenos Aires, Argentina for more than fifteen years, answering students’ questions about their different religions to prepare them for encountering interfaith colleagues in university and work life.
  • When a USA school board wanted to ban a book about Islam, the Women's Interfaith Network spoke eloquently on peace, tolerance and understanding, resulting in a unanimous vote to keep the book in the school system.
  • Cultural Infusion empowers young Australians by helping them use cultural and artistic expression to promote social cohesion.
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Stories

Transformative environmental education with 30 high school learners in South India - the launch of the Ecopeace Teen Cafe

In India, Greshma Raju, from Jyothirgamaya Interfaith CC, has initiated a project called Ecopeace Teen Cafe, which is a four month education programme reaching 29 high school learners in South India, focusing on community building, environmentalism, peacebuilding and social justice. Read more about the inspiration behind this initiative and Greshma’s learnings through the experience of starting a project like this!