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Pakistan is the 6th most populous country among 160 countries of the world. Pakistan is facing many problems like other Asian Countries in the world. It is a under developed country facing many social, political and economic issues. Religious extremism is the burning issue that we Pakistani are facing after 9/11.
Young people, women, christians, are minorities. How to change things without political representation? Education from grassroot level should play an important role.
Read the corresponding article on minority rights
During the Summer session, we received the wonderful young team from Coexister who shortly after they left the Council of Europe embarked on an InterFaith Tour through 34 countries.
They extend their thanks to us in the message below and express the wish to meet our NGOs on their way in order to find out about their experiences. We can help them by offering accommodation and sharing examples of, in particular, interfaith and inter-convictional initiatives.
Please find attached their message to us in English and disseminate it in your networks. They have already crossed seven countries and are presently in Middle East and North Africa. You can follow their tour on their website (see here below). Thank you in advance for your commitment and help on this valuable initiative.
Anne-Marie Chavanon, Karl Donert and Thierry Mathieu
President & Vice Presidents of the Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
Message from the InterFaith Tour team to the INGOs
The team of the second edition of the InterFaith Tour composed of Lucie Neumann, Lea Frydman, Ariane Julien and Samir Akacha intervened on 24 June at the meeting of the Commission on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
Salt is acting in East Mamaysia to help young people to become "contemplative activists" by analyzing the local situation, conduct a theological reflection and act with indigenous communities. Among the challenges of the movement, how to transfer the knowledge to the younger generations? A the political level, migrants are often used for election purposes.
You are invited to visit the website of the Conference :
This year’s event takes place at the Council of Europe on Friday 16 October and will focus on child poverty in Europe.
Registration necessary and access only with badge.
Debate organised by the Conference of INGOs and the Parliamentary Assembly
The debate will be held on Tuesday, 29 September, from 3.30pm - 5.30pm in Room 2 of the Palais de l'Europe.
More information and online registration.
Is your NGO taking action to help irregular migrants?
The President of the Conference of INGOs is inviting NGOs to a meeting on 21 September 2015 in Brussels in order to hear what is the impact of action taken by INGOs to help irregular migrants and to draw up recommendations to transmit to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
John Dayal is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, researcher and social activist. He is a Member of the National Integration Council of the Government of India, the National Monitoring Committee for Minority education, and has chaired major colleges in Delhi. He is a former Treasurer of the Editors Guild of India, National president of the All India Catholic Union, founder general secretary of the All India Christian Council, and is Spokesman of the United Christian Forum. He speaks to Victor Edwin SJ for Jivan]
John, you are being threatened on line. Who are these people and what is the reason?
John: I have filed a complaint with the Delhi police on this issue and the matter is under investigation by experts in cyber crime. But by the nature of the threats, it is clear that they come from people who identify themselves with the ideology of the Sangh Parivar. They may, or may not, be formal members of any of the connected organizations, but their thought process is clear.
Re-declaring Nepal as a secular country has brought happiness at the same time fear and confusion among religious minorities. As Constitution Assembly passed the bill of country declaring secularism, three churches in East Nepal blasted at night on 15 September. A newly formed fundamentalist group called Hindu Morcha claimed the blast. No casualties reported but local polices were injured while trying to defuse third bomb in different Church. Morcha further threaten public not to send their children school and do not make long trips, stay at home with required provision of household needs, as they will strike again national wide. (http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-15/bombs-explode-at-jhapa-churches.html
A terror created by Hindu Morcha is spread among religious minorities in east Nepal now.
Asian Youth Academy/ Asian Theological Forum 2015
Notre Dame De Vie Retreat House
Quezon City Philippines
16 Aug-25 Aug, 2015
Recently we read in the press that over 1000 Muslim scholars and imams of India have issued a fatwa against the leader, fighters and followers of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (ISIS). In the fatwa the religious scholars “strongly condemned the actions of the IS”. They censured ISIS of “guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing them to the world through live videos and Internet posts, and at the same time, wrongly claiming these to be "Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Shariah (Islamic Law)”. The scholars emphatically stated that the IS or ISIS actions were "absolutely inhuman and added that Islam never permits such unlawful acts under any circumstances" (http://www.aninews.in//newsdetail2/story232476/over-1000-indian-islamic-scholars-issue-world-039-s-biggest-fatwa-against-isis.html).
Sometime ago I received a email message from a friend in which he noted that the Holy Father Francis is with many Christians, who get carried away by statements such as there is no scope in Islam for terrorism or tyranny, and believes that “Islam is a peaceful religion”. My friend qouted Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis entitled: “Evangelii Gaudium” chapter IV number 253 about Dialogue with Muslims. The English version of the sentence as published on the official webpage of the Vatican is: “….for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Qur’an are opposed to every form of violence (emphasis mine).” He said that the Pope is generous but certainly reveals an inadequate understanding of Islam.
I write this short statement at a moment, when there is a discussion in Italy on the ddl (decree of law) “The good school”, which has in view launching in a systematic way the alternative attendance in the school system, and when in a progressive way the realization of measures connected to the reform of work, the Jobs Act, is enacted, which has among its objectives finding a “dual” formation system in an Italian version.
Of course, the question is put if that ferment marks a change of consciousness concerning work seen in its educational dimension.
“Istruzione e formazione professionale”: that is a new course of formation, introduced in 2001 by a reform of Article 5 of the Constitution, which refers to the administration of the Regions. In Italy the state is in charge of the Institutes of Profession, lasting five years, while the regions are in charge of the Courses of Vocational Training lasting three years.
The rising youth unemployment in Italy and Europe has brought the topic of training as a factor of the development of advanced human capital and of the reaction due to the crisis back into the centre of discussions. Both scientific literature and the main Italian public decision-makers are turning step by step towards the analysis and the introduction into the system of theories, practices and models which grant the students to get acquainted with work and enterprises already during their school career: the data show indeed that almost half of the Italian youth unemployment depends on the missing connection between school and work.
The relationship between young people and the world of work can be explored starting from different perspectives, because that is a question of a very complex network which shows elements of economic, social, cultural, philosophical nature … and pedagogical one as well: and that is just the line of reflection chosen here. The discourse will be realized on two levels: the level of an analysis of the values of work, which nowadays seem to be proposed as objectives of formation, and the level of a reflection on some educational dynamics in order to appreciate the formative value of work, starting from the tender age.
Perhaps one ought to start from a rather bitter, but very realistic quotation.
“Our society likes youth, but it doesn’t like the young people. In the collective narration being or seeming to be young is becoming a condition required for success, but only for those who are no more young. The genuine young ones are of no importance, they will have their opportunities in their future, a future which incidentally will never arrive, for the youth of those no more young ones aims at prolonging itself more and more, blocking spaces for the others, the genuine young ones. The school losing value, unjust systems of social security, disfigured environment and landscape, all those are symptoms of a society not capable of thinking and projecting its own future, ill because of a “lack of intelligence” both myopic and dangerous.” (V. Pelligra, introduction to the topical assembly nr. 3, “Accompanying young people in the world of work”, 47th Social Week, Torino, Sept. 13th, 2013)
Let’s examine if the author is right by making a course of analysis of the elements which accompany the complex passage from young people to adults.
Please find hereafter an information related to the first information visit that the board of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is preparing.
"Dear members of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
I am pleased to inform you that we are beginning the preparation for the first information visit, as was announced in the new Action Plan of the Conference of INGOs adopted last June. The countries selected for the first visit are: Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania. The delegation will be composed of approximately five persons and the period of the visit is fixed between 26th October and 7th November, 2015.