La Fondation Adyan | Liban

« Les projets d’Adyan ont réussi à toucher des milliers de citoyens, réunissant des jeunes, des familles et des bénévoles pour surmonter des obstacles culturels et religieux et amorcer une conversation sur la citoyenneté et l’appartenance communes. Malgré des tensions religieuses dans la région, Adyan présente une inspirante vision de communautés inclusives et de solidarité spirituelle au Liban et au Moyen-Orient. »

– Joe Clark, ancien premier ministre du Canada et président du jury du Prix.

L’HISTOIRE D’ADYAN

In a short video on Taadudiya, an online platform created by the Adyan Foundation, Jihad and Rita start a music school in a rural Lebanese community and children come from near and far to attend. In another video, Sameh and Hanaa tackle religious sectarianism in Egypt by bringing Christian and Muslim children together to play soccer. In another, Salam and Zeinab overcome their religious differences and develop a deep friendship based on a shared passion for their work in radio and television.

Founded in 2006 by a group of Christians and Muslims, Adyan Foundation works in Lebanon and across the Middle East to foster cultural and religious diversity through grassroots initiatives in education, media and public policy, and intercultural and interreligious relations. Their goal is to help people develop their faith with an openness towards others and a commitment to serving the common good.

One of Adyan’s most recent initiatives, Taadudiya, or “pluralism” in Arabic, is challenging extremist narratives of hate and violence with non-biased information on religious beliefs and traditions with videos of everyday people engaged in religious inclusion in their communities. In its first year, the online platform has reached 38 million people.

Adyan operates on many levels. Their interfaith networks connect youth, families and volunteers from different social and religious backgrounds to share experiences and strengthen mutual trust and understanding. Adyan’s academic branch, the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity management, conducts training and research, facilitates conferences, and promotes education on citizenship and coexistence. In 2007, Adyan launched the Alwan Program for Education on Coexistence, which establishes social clubs in religiously diverse schools. The clubs, which build social cohesion and reduce intolerance among children, have reached over 4,158 students in 42 Lebanese schools. Building on their work in education, Adyan partnered with the Ministry of Education in Lebanon to reform curricula and reshape the way that diversity is addressed in schools.

Adyan promotes pluralism by helping divergent groups find common ground. Despite the current climate of religious tension in the region, Adyan is forging an inspiring vision for inclusive communities and spiritual solidarity across Lebanon and the Middle East.

CONTEXTE

Le Liban est un des pays les plus diversifiés du point de vue religieux au Moyen-Orient. La religion est étroitement liée à chaque aspect de la société, en partant du gouvernement jusqu’à l’éducation. Les divisions politiques fondées sur des clivages sectaires ont contribué à d’anciens conflits, y compris la guerre civile libanaise (1975-1990). La récente montée d’extrémisme et l’arrivée d’un million et demi de réfugiés syriens ont exacerbé les tensions. Dans un pays où la religion a souvent divisé les gens, la Fondation Adyan travaille pour abattre les obstacles culturels et religieux et promouvoir le fait que l’ouverture à l’autre est cruciale à l’établissement de la paix. Adyan travaille maintenant au-delà du Liban, ayant de récents projets visant à renforcer la cohésion sociale et la citoyenneté inclusive en Irak.