Latin American Inter-Religious Network on Peace Education – Religions for Peace

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The Latin American Inter-Religious Network on Peace Education (RILEP) – Religions for Peace is an initiative of Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean which gathers the representatives of the main communities of faith in the region, through the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Religious Leaders (LACCRL).

The objectives of RILEP are:

a) To promote peace education in religious communities, particularly in their educational frameworks, through mutual understanding and fraternal meeting, overcoming all kinds of prejudices;

b) To establish a permanent space of liaison, experience exchange and training of educators for peace of religious communities in Latin America; and

c) To use the information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote a culture of peace, from an interfaith and Latin American perspective.

2) Education about Religions and Beliefs Related Activities:

The RILEP was established in 2004, by Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the framework of their formal consultative relations.  Since its founding, the RILEP has held four meetings of religious educational organizations in Latin America.  The first was held in Santiago de Chile, on November 16-17, 2004, the second in Buenos Aires, on December 14-15, 2005, the third in Rio de Janeiro, on September 12-16, 2007, and the fourth in Montevideo, on November 1-5, 2009.  The latter two events were supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Vision.

3) Current Projects:

On 2010-2012, Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean and UNESCO are continuing to promote the RILEP as a key stakeholder for mobilizing a culture of peace at the religious education of Latin America, and therefore, they are strengthening the National Groups of RILEP in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, to develop activities between students of different religious educational institutions, devoted to mutual understanding and joint social action, and based on solidarity and brotherhood, in order to implement the RILEP’s purposes.

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