Council of Europe: Learning to live together with our different convictions

A new tool to learn to live together

A new and exciting training-programme has been set up jointly by The Group International Intercultural and Inter-convictional (G3i) together with GERFEC, a member of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

For 18 months, they worked hard to set up a training on Learning to live together with our different convictions which has been labelled by the Conference as a specific and much needed tool for today’s civil society.

25 people coming from Spain, Norway, France, Germany, England, Belgium, Turkey, Hungary, attended in Strasbourg for the first edition of this training from the 8th to the 11th October.

Overview of the content

  • The world is unquiet: people and social groups have to face many challenging changes : Nanotechnologies, digital revolution, climate change, secularism, biotechnologies, etc.
  • Individuals are struggling to understand the contemporaneity and to discern the future
  • Extremely simplified ideas are used in politics and the media
  • Indecisiveness of the European authorities increase the doubt about how to live together with different convictions

In this context we developed a three step training :

1) Individual level : become aware of our personal convictions and face our private or intimate relation to the truth,
2) Social level : become able to meet other convictions (philosophical or religious) different than our own,
3) Political level : organise at local, regional, national and European level, places where convictions can meet, even confront each other peacefully.

Beside formal academic interventions, some workshop focusing ethical splitting issues (sujets clivants) were organized in order to stimulate the confrontation of various convictions.

Perspectives and Prospective

Participants were unanimous that this first  training was a great success. Consequently, this training will be held again in 2016 in Bergen (Norway) and Birmingham (UK),  in 2017 in Athens (Greece) and Budapest (Hungary).
A final conference scheduled in 2017 in Strasbourg will analyse the achievements of this cycle.

Besides this, several participants decided either to introduce some modules of the training in the trainings they carry in there own organisations or to set up some other teaching for teachers, etc.

More info: Council of Europe

Report by Michel Aguilar, chair of the INGO Human Rights Committee 

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