Sponsored by the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe

8 November 2016 -14.00/16.00 - palais de l'Europe - Room 8 - Interpretation: FR/EN

The lab will assess initiatives which focus on intercultural learning initiatives which foster understanding and respect and prevent radicalisation.

initiative 1

The Net Program, Vaga Lume Association, Brazil

The Net is an Education for Sustainable Development initiative that promotes intercultural dialogue between teenagers from rural communities in the Amazon and the city of Sao Paulo. Briefly, it is a one-year cycle of workshops in which teenagers discuss their cultural identity and local environment. They write letters and produce crafts that are exchanged between pairs of institutions. Its goal is to foster respect for cultural diversity among teenagers by building cross-cultural understanding while stimulating competencies like empathy, critical thinking, decision-making and leadership. Thus, teenagers are expected to be in a better position to be active and responsible citizens.




Vaga Lume Institutional Development Coordinator


Marina has graduated in International Relations and is Specialist in Management of Social Projects in Third Sector Organizations, both by Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP). She coordinates Vaga Lume’s Institutional Development area, where she started as an assistant in 2010. With considerable experience and deep knowledge of Vaga Lume’s methodologies, Marina is responsible for the organization’s communication and fundraising activities, being in contact with its national and international stakeholders, including institutions part of the Net Program; and for representing Vaga Lume in conferences and meetings, as she did in the UNCSD – Rio+20.

Initiative 2

For a framed religious education, adapted to the values of the Republic in the context of globalization. The Cadis of Mayotte

Objectives: prevention and fight against religious radicalism, actions: training-seminars and animated seminars or conferences, participants: All interested persons or structures, partners: Departmental Union of Family Associations of Mayotte, Regional Agency of Health, Social Fund Mayotte, Mayotte Mamoudzou Hospital Center, Vice Rector, Training Centres for Active Education Methods, University of Mayotte, the Mayor of Tsingoni , Twarikat Chadhoulia Association Marseille, Lyon and Limoges.


ABAINE Younoussa

Younoussa ABAINE

The Cadis of Mayotte


Appointed 1 May 2016 County Council of Mayotte, Younoussa ABAINE is responsible for preparing a service project in the Directorate of Mediation and Social Cohesion, which he headed. The mission includes the Cadis (Islamic judges) and Koranic teachers within it. Before, Younoussa Abaine was Director of Academic Affairs and at the Academic Department of Mayotte for twenty years (1996-2016). He has contributed to the training of Mayotte elite men and women who are now settled in the territory and contribute to its development.

initiative 3

Our common future, Federatie marokkaanse democratische organisaties (FMDO), Belgium

In the project "Our Common Future", the FMDO, other federations and the Brussels' Minderhedenforum "support since 2012 the collaboration between the associations on education, living together in diversity and active citizenship through citizen exchange groups. Thanks to its field experience, the FMDO proposes to guide the members of the workshop to discover the actions inspired by citizenship education organized by civil society among young people, in connection with the Moroccan communities and Turkey.


SARET Abdelaziz

Abdelaziz SARET

President of the Federatie marokkaanse democratische organisaties (FMDO)


Saret Abdelaziz, President of the FMDO (Federation of Moroccan global and democratic organizations), is an activist, promoting the political rights of immigrant citizens, both in their host country and in their home country. He is a member of the Cultural Association North Africa, as well as Brussels Al Manar. In Morocco, he founded with local civil society the Belgian-Moroccan Forum for cooperation, development and solidarity. Internationally, he is president of the World Alliance of Moroccans from abroad and member of CERSS (Centre for Study and Research in Social Sciences). One of his priorities is to develop intercultural dialogue, such as, for example, in interreligious meetings in Belgium.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Founder and President of the Centre for Social Change


Dr. Prakash Bhattarai is the founder president of Centre for Social Change (CSC), a Kathmandu based research and advocacy institute actively involved in responding to three major obstacles to social change process in Nepal, namely, discrimination, violence, and violation of human rights. Dr. Bhattarai has 15 years of leadership and professional experience on issues surrounding human rights, democracy, peacebuilding, development, migration, and youth, and has been associated with Youth Action Nepal, Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, and Collective Campaign for Peace. Dr. Bhattarai has led and coordinated a number of democracy and peacebuilding advocacy initiatives working closely with political parties, youth and student organizations, civil society organizations, media, donor agencies, and international organizations. Dr. Bhattarai holds a doctorate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

CAUDRON Jean-Michel

Jean-Michel CAUDRON

Director of Communication and Lobbying of the International Federation of Elderly People (FIAPA), Member of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe


Jean-Michel Caudron is a consultant in social engineering and advises local authorities for 26 years, throughout French-speaking Europe, St Pierre and Miquelon, Mayotte, as well as in Argentina and Morocco, on their policies on aging. For 16 years, he has accompanied Ministry cabinets in France, Belgium and Luxembourg with his advice, writing reports or conducting action research. For civil society, he was in charge of the draft international convention for the rights of the elderly, brought to the UN by FIAPA for which he is responsible of communication and lobbying. Moreover, he is a member of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe. Specifically, he is responsible for coordinating the work of the INGO Conference on migration and North-South cooperation.

Lab 16 - Learning respect
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