New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, in partnership with United Religions Initiative-URI Africa announces the 5th Annual International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue, from 25th -26th October, 2013. The International Conference brings together community members, including representatives of CSOs and Faith-based groups within Nigeria and globally to foster mutual respect between diverse ethnic and religious groups. Furthermore, to support civil society and individuals who seek non-violent approaches to conflict and strive toward a shared future. Since its inception, in October of 2009, the annual International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue has introduced and supported initiatives that expand shared perceptions among individuals of different religions, cultures, genders, and ethnicities. The Conference will utilize an Interreligious and Intercultural Model for Dialogue and Peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, and a strategy to overcome misunderstandings and stereotypes that affect relations between groups and within societies. The women and men will provide recommendations to decision-makers, institutions and individuals for dignifying everyone and our shared values. In a safe space, the Conference will be a living model for creating prosperity, coexistence beyond war, and restoring friendships and trust.
The Theme for this year’s Conference is “The Role of Free and Responsible Media toward a Peaceful Society Imbued with Dignity and Mutual Respect”. The Conference will examine the positive role of various means of media and social media in the area of Peacebuilding and in the enhancement of dialogue between the members of world’s religions. Furthermore, the Conference will review the emergence of communications technology, its development and its relationship and impact upon Faith Communities. The Conference will also consider the various methods and sites of social communication, services offered and mode of transmission and how they facilitate peace or promote violence. Conference Participants will discuss various topics, including freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed to all and the need to respect and honor our freedom and the freedom of others in order to build a suitable and better habitable global community for all. Registration and Participation details are now available at the Main Conference Website