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Virtual link for global peace

The United Kingdom trekked close to 7,000km on Thursday to reach out schools in Jamshedpur with a warm message on faith and religion for a peaceful and secular world.

Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the eponymous project of former British Prime Minister, came calling to the city with the outfit’s country co-ordinator Simmi Kher. Kher conducted a meet on Face to Faith for principals and teachers.

A global initiative of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the school programme for children between 12 and 17 years covers 17 countries across the world. It links students worldwide through videoconferences and a secure website, the software for which is given free to registered schools.

“I came to know of Tony Blair Faith Foundation when I visited London sometime ago. With the increasing number of suicides, I think students need spiritual help and links with children from across the world,” said Sunita Sinha, principal of Gulmohur High School, to be the lead centre of 10 Jamshedpur cradles roped in for the project.

Under Face to Faith, five modules will promote peace and secularism virtually among young citizens.

Apart from this, the venture will also aim at improving the cultural and religious literacy in young people, which it thinks is vital in an increasingly complex global society.

“Very few outfits speak or work on religion or faith. We want to promote world peace, get to know other religions and respect them,” Kher said. She added teenagers through dialogue can prevent conflict by breaking religious and cultural stereotypes.

Around 100 schools from across India are part of the programme.

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