Christian Study
Centre

Developing a Culture of Peace

Introduction

Developing a Culture of Peace is a peacebuilding project that seeks to develop a more tolerant and open and pluralistic society by utilizing the concept ofComposite Heritage. Composite Heritage is the collection of connectors in society that transcend religious, ethnic and social divides and allows people to celebrate humanity in consideration to their common history, geographical and environmental factors. CSC has been using this peacebuilding tool since 2006 when we focused particularly on work with youth. The current project has broadened this focus to work with other stakeholders as well. This is a national level project in which implementing partners are representatives of the rich and diverse cultural and religious settings of Pakistan. Through this project the Centre will enable peace activists of the network to utilize Composite Heritage as peace-building tool. This is brought about by extensive trainings for trainers, publications, radio programmes on highlighting role of Composite Heritage for peace promotion, seminars, celebrations of local forms of Composite Heritage, local and international exposure visits to places of heritage and cultural importance, and supporting peace activities of the network at national level.


Peaceful Co-existence in Pakistan

The Christian Study Centre is one of five organisations engaged in the project "Promoting Peaceful Co-existence in Pakistan" run by the Church World Service. The project aims to improve social attitudes regarding interfaith relations among communities and focuses on two key constituencies: young people and religious leaders. CSC is working with mid-level local religious leaders of all faiths in Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh and Nankana Sahib. The project:

  • Gives awareness training to the religious leaders on the importance of interfaith harmony for a peaceful society and equips them with different techniques to deal with different types of conflicts in their respective areas.
  • Supports religious leaders in forming peace committees in their respective areas which will promote mutual respect and understanding among religious communities beyond the life of the project.
  • Works with the networks of religious leaders to work together on social issues.
  • Increase the understanding of government officials and other decision-makers on religious tolerance, and encourages their leadership in policy dialogue on institutional reforms that can support peace and interfaith harmony.

  • Supported by CSC, the of network of religious leaders has started an awareness campaign on importance of education under the title "Taleem Sab Kay Liye" (Education for All). The campaign seeks to raise awareness at the grass roots level about the importance of education for promotion of peace and harmony in the society.