Mabrouka Rayachi was a religious teacher in Viennese schools from 1993 to 2012. During this time she organized many interreligious with other religion teachers (mainly Catholic and Protestant). In April 2012 she became an Inspector for the Islamic religion teachers in Lower Austrian schools and initiated an interreligious seminar with her Catholic and Protestant colleagues on subjects such as the celebration of religious traditions in Islam and Christianity. She encourages her fellow teachers to actively encourage interreligious dialogue in school by regularly providing them with ideas and teaching materials. She is especially interested in broadening the interreligious activities, especially among young people. During the
course of her work on interreligious dialogue, she has not only learned about other faiths, but has also learned much more about and deepened her own faith. As an active member within her Islamic community, she was chosen as the official Austrian representative to the first International Women’s Congress for a Culture of Peace in Algeria in 2014. Her Motto: The way to sustainable peace is interreligious dialogue.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Promotion of IRD at schools
KAICIID Fellow Mrs. Mabrouka Rayachi adopts the view that the promotion of a culture of peace and acceptance should be promoted through education as a way to enrich dialogue. How can education support these purposes? How can it also establish mutual understanding and transcend the pitfalls of exclusivism? “Promotion of IRD at schools” is a project that seeks to engage Islamic religious teachers in Interreligious Dialogue Training and Facilitation. By merging the knowledge they learned from the four main courses of the programme and skills they gained from the first two sessions, the participants will work on designing and developing initiatives, which they will implement individually at their institutions and/or home communities. After the training, the selected teachers will be committed for the whole school year to educate their students about interreligious dialogue; to equip their students with the necessary skills to become active facilitators and leaders in interreligious dialogue; to train their students in conflict transformation so as to be active peacemakers in their respective communities.