The Commonwealth Secretariat has partnered with The Khalili Foundation to offer a global citizenship education (GCED) programme for young people across the Commonwealth’s member countries.
Faith in the Commonwealth is based on key values such as religious literacy, human rights, freedom of expression, respect and understanding, gender equality, and the rule of law and good governance.
The initiative, designed for young people of all faiths or none, builds upon the Commonwealth Heads of Government’s call for youth-led action towards a more peaceful and inclusive Commonwealth.
Faith in the Commonwealth brings together formal and informal learning, combining the theory of global citizenship with grass-roots social action, and creates a safe space for interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
We feel that for too long faith has been used by those with reductive ideologies to divide people and pit them against each other. We believe that a better understanding of faith in the context of global citizenship can unify us and shape a fairer, more secure and more sustainable world.
The GCED Toolkit is a peer-reviewed global citizenship curriculum for university education. It equips instructors and their students with skills and competencies to navigate the complexities of modern life. Adaptable to local contexts, the GCED Toolkit explores contemporary notions of identity, culture, and society. The Toolkit is offered as an unaccredited elective subject, complementing students’ chosen degree programs and enriching their studies.
Our Youth Training of Trainers workshops bring together young people aged 15 to 29 from different faith traditions, ethnicities, and socio-economic and geographical situations. Through capacity-building exercises and interactive dialogue over four days, these young leaders examine ways to mobilise their communities around shared values rather than perceived differences. Discussions on faith, culture, identity and gender are integral and participants are encouraged to test outdated assumptions and be open to new possibilities for productive and mutually respectful coexistence. This approach allows youth to practice active listening, negotiate, and achieve consensus among themselves, consult with community stakeholders, develop and undertake an inclusive plan and evaluate and report results.
Faith in the Commonwealth is fully integrated in the Commonwealth Secretariat’s social policy commitments – particularly education and youth development – and interventions to prevent extremism and promote peace and social cohesion. Working within a matrix of supports to host governments, Faith in the Commonwealth enlivens those principles of the Commonwealth Charter – tolerance, respect and understanding, human rights, access to health, education, food and shelter and the importance of young people in the Commonwealth – that unite our diverse family of nations.
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