KAICIID TRAINS RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
08/02/2018
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The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) has expanded its support to the Central African Republic Interfaith Platform by assisting with the establishment of 16 local offices covering every prefecture in the country. With an initial focus on half of those offices, KAICIID’s Senior Adviser Patrice Brodeur trained 26 Catholic, Protestant and Muslim religious leaders, who gathered in Bangui from 25-29 June 2018, and who will also receive financial support to cover their operational costs for the next 12 months.
The eight cities, Alindao, Bambari, Bangasou, Bangui, Berberati, Kaga-Bandoro, Mbaiki, and N’dele were selected for the first training, and a second training for the rest of the regions will be conducted in 2019. After the trainings, the religious leaders will replicate countrywide the Bangui-based secretariat’s Interfaith Platform structure – consisting of three members, each one representing a different religious denomination. The central platform’s leaders are Reverend Guerekoyame Gbngou, president of the evangelic community, Imam Kobine Layama, president of the Islamic community, and Monsignor Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui.
During the training, participants not only learned about IRD tools that can be applied in their communities, but also had the opportunity to meet and interact with other religious leaders, exchanging knowledge and experiences. The training was based on the KAICIID CAR Intercommunal Dialogue Facilitation Manual, developed in 2017 and further updated to respond to the country’s needs.
“I greatly appreciate the participants’ efforts to travel from their localities to Bangui to participate in this training. Whoever hears their testimonials is left speechless in admiration. The kind of work they are doing is incredibly brave and awe inspiring”, Agustin Nuñez, Programe Manager for CAR said.
“The methodology followed by KAICIID and its established interreligious platform is remarkable because they invited people and touched problems that affect the entire country, from the capital to the smallest township. It is a completely different approach to others that support mainly the vision of a single group. Here I have seen participants from different confessions, religions and ethnicities. Please, keep investing your time to replicate this kind of trainings,” one participant said.
KAICIID in partnership with the OIC and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers will support the organization of the General Assembly of the Central African Muslim Committee to further unity within that religious community.

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