Empowering young leaders to spur dialogue for peace
In June 2015, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) hosted the first Dialogue for Peace Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme with several Scouts and young people. This year, the second ToT is taking place this week of 18-22 July 2016, empowering another batch of 14 participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for promoting interworld, interreligious and intercultural dialogue for peace.
During the first two days of training at KAICIID’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, the participants learnt about leveraging dialogue as a method or tool for reconciliation and conflict prevention. KAICIID's subject matter experts, assisted by facilitators from the Scout Movement, imparted the participants with knowledge on human perceptions and misperceptions, cultural identities, the principles of dialogue, and designing and facilitating dialogue.
The team also got to discuss recent radicalisation events happening globally, and how they can take the lead in promoting mutual understanding among people from all walks of life around the world.
In the following days, the participants will exchange ideas to co-create training and programme materials, and discuss strategies and methods to amplify and accelerate dialogue for peace activities. When the participants return to their home country, they will be equipped with the competence to run trainings, and initiate projects promoting dialogue and peacebuilding at the local level in their respective communities.
About the WOSM and KAICIID partnership
In November 2013, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue among young people. The MoU also expresses that both organisations use dialogue as a tool to promote a responsible way of living the spiritual and religious dimension within their respective communities, and the joint preparation of dialogue training for Scouts.