Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Children participated in an interfaith forum on Saturday. The child led forum was organised by the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society as part of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca explained that the World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed by the United Nations.
MFWS organised a programme which is led by the children participating in the activities. Coleiro Preca explained that the children participating in the forum come from different religious backgrounds. Together they prepared different projects.
Coleiro Preca underlined the importance of freedom of religion. She added that this is key for peace within our society and for respecting and understanding one another. The President Emeritus noted that such respect was sometimes absent, citing a number of examples. A girl who observes a different religion from the majority of the children in her class, was hidden behind school bags by her peers while eating. Another case concerned a girl who just entered University and was mocked by her peers when making the sign of the cross.
The activity was held at St Albert the Great College in Valletta, a school which is run by the Dominican Order. Coleiro Preca explained that despite by a school run by a Catholic organisation, it offered a safe space for children of different beliefs.
Asked whether the project will be taken to other schools, Coleiro Preca said that this is the hands of the children participating in the interfaith forum.
Project Coordinator Angie Caruana said that for the past six weeks the foundation had been preparing for Saturday’s activity. Children who participated in the forum discussed how their beliefs make them better people, Caruana told Newsbook.com.mt.
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