Key Objectives of the Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy include:
To develop an interfaith youth intellectual capacity to critically analyze the challenges the community faces and to work out appropriate strategies
To enhance youth capacity to take a stand on weighing the complex factors of considering the common good of the community
To initiate the grassroots interfaith perspective to bring about the common good of the community
To formulate a moral authority and enjoying the confidence of the apex leadership as well as that of the grassroots on interfaith concerns
The training Sessions are developed from a secular point of view, to promote interreligious understanding and appreciation for its contribution to human society. The sessions focus on building relationships and nourishing our personal creative abilities, even in surroundings of protracted violent or non-violent conflict. Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy fosters interfaith understanding/friendship among the society that we live in. It provides a platform for religiously-diverse participants to enter real engagement through learning about the selected topics within their context and growing in their understanding of others and the world around them. The Organizers cover participation costs associated with feeding, accommodation and local transportation.
One critical issue humanity faces globally today is the rise of religious fundamentalism. Religious fundamentalism is a global religious impulse that seeks to recover and publicly institutionalize aspects of the past that modern life has obscured. Religious fundamentalists take their cues from sacred texts; they maximize the distinction between humanity and religion. Humanity also faces the global challenges like terrorism and militancy. Poverty and religious fundamentalism are intrinsically intertwined with terrorism. Poverty and deprivation is the recruiting ground for terrorists. Religious fundamentalism indoctrinates their minds and accelerates this process.The Interfaith Peacebuilding Academy is a program of New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, in partnership with the West Africa Regional Office of United Religious Initiative (URI West Africa) and World Faith International. This weeklong intense learning and sharing experience is facilitated by a team of highly skilled and richly experienced facilitators. In an inspiring interfaith environment, participants form a community of practice and together study the art of Interfaith Peacebuilding, nonviolence and compassion in ways that will deepen their leadership potential and expand their capacity to make vital contributions to their community and the world.