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Jakarta Declaration on “Violent Extremism & Religious Education”

Jakarta Declaration on “Violent Extremism & Religious Education”

MPI's Alumni Outreach Assistant Mely Sabina E. Lengkong, along with several other MPI alumni, attended the regional workshop on "Violent Extremism and Religious Education." They also produced the following declaration:

Jakarta Declaration on “Violent Extremism & Religious Education”

Jakarta, 13 December 2017

We, participants of the regional workshop on “Violent Extremism and Religious Education,” from various countries in Southeast Asia and beyond;

Reaffirm that violent extremism has multi dimensions and religion is only one part of them;

Recall the document of Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism that underlines seven action priorities: (1) dialogue and conflict prevention; (2) strengthening good governance, human rights and rule of law; (3) engaging communities; (4) empowering youth; (5) gender equality and empowering women; (6) education, skills development and employment facilitation; and (7) strategic communications, the internet and social media;

Highlight participants’ concern that religion, particularly religious education, has untapped potential and resources for preventing violent extremism;

Acknowledge that while there are different contexts and changing dynamics across geographical lines and time frames, there is interconnection and shared aspirations on the need to strengthen religious education to prevent violent extremism;

Amani Volunteering Program in Social Justice News

Social Justice News Volume 2, Issue 4 Cover PageGlory Mulimba (2015) shared with us the Social Justice News Volume 2, Issue 4, which highlights the Amani Volunteering Program initated by All for Social Justice in Lubumbashi, DR Congo.

This program aims to make young Congolese ambassadors of peace and non-violence in their respective local communities. Its main objectives are: to equip young people with skills in nonviolent conflict management and in entrepreneurship; to carry out with young people various projects aimed at promoting positive peace and non-violence in youth circles as well as empowering them economically; and finally to create a spirit of collaboration and unity among young people so that they can engage effectively and objectively in the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence.

You may pdf download the newsletter here (1.19 MB) .

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Valedictory Speech of Tirmizy E. Abdullah

Delivered during the internally displaced 10th Hooding Ceremony of the Mindanao State University – Marawi Graduate School at Iligan City on July 12, 2017. Trimizy is an alumnus of MPI and former secretariat volunteer. He was also a fellow with the KAICIID International Fellows Programme. Tirmizy was conferred this Ph.D. in Philippine Studies.

Bismihi subhanahu. In His Name be He glorified.

Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Tirmizy at podium during Hooding CeremonyOur esteemed mentors, University administrators, our great self-sacrificing parents and family, family that make up our support system, friends, fellow graduates, may peace and the blessings of God, Allah be upon us all now and in the days to come. Good morning.

I pray before Allah subhanahu wata’ala that this momentous event, our hooding ceremony, serves a form of collective prayer for the reign of peace, justice, and harmony in Mindanao, in the country, and beyond, if not in the physical world, in our hearts at least. For dark clouds seem to loom not only in our land, but also in many parts of the world, especially in Aleppo, Syria and Mosul in Iraq. To the list of war-racked and war-devastated places must now be added our very own City of Marawi. Marawi is not just in our hearts. Marawi is our heart.

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The Heart of Harmony

MPI Alumnus Abbas Panakkal wrote the script and directed the film below "The Heart of Harmony." Abbas presented this story in a Youth Training Programme on 'Innovative Model of Harmony' from India along with other interfaith harmony models.

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Binding, Bonding, Bridging

The following poem was written by Phebe Angus George, an alumna of MPI's 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training. Phebe wrote the "binding, bonding and bridging" are concepts she learnt during week two and three courses.

A recovery of the lost self
From a wilderness of conflict
Rescued from the mirage of anxious pain
From the bottomless chasm of chaos
To a healing through the balm of hope
Sowed generously through
A path unknown discovers itself
That it's not alone
One voice
Becoming many
Across nations a unity of souls
A journey from the mind to the heart
Extending to the unreached through
A path of peace
Carved through sweat and blood
Commitment and passion
All moving towards one purpose

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