African Students For Interfaith Tolerance Marks This Year’s World Interfaith Harmony Week

WIHW 2021

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly of United Nations in resolution A/RES/65/5 and adopted on 20th October, 2010.

In the resolution, the General Assembly points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of faith.

Interfaith Knowledge Series

To commemorate this year’s WIHW week, African Students For Interfaith Tolerance together with its partners JK Policy Institute, Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peace-building Organization, and Online Circle of Compassion hosted a virtual knowledge series on compassion in interfaith engagement/dialogue: Lessons from traditions. These online series featured six (6) major world faith traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism) with participants joining across the globe. The interfaith knowledge series received a huge welcome and the recorded versions of the sessions have reached more than 6, 000 people on social media so far.

Promoting Interreligious Harmony Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

African Students For Interfaith Tolerance hosted a face-to-face event on 6th February, 2021 at Walewale Municipal Assembly to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week and also to promote interreligious harmony and understanding under the theme: ‘Strengthening Interfaith And Intercultural Understanding Among The Youth’. This event brought together an Apostle, An Imam and a Zongo Chief with youthful participation which was female-dominated.

During the event, a pledge to uphold interfaith harmony was signed by all participants voluntarily to express their desire and demonstrate willingness to work towards a more peaceful and a tolerant community for everyone.

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