Why We Did It
The Coexistence Trust sought to build sustainable and long-lasting relationships between young people from the Muslim and Jewish faiths. Driven by an agenda of 'Respect, Empower and Change' our programmes sought to promote cross cultural collaboration as well as challenge prejudice and discrimination and ignorance.
Our objectives were to:
- Empower young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to realise their great leadership potential;
- Cultivate social networks and collaborations to promote intercultural exchange and dialogue, alongside civic participation in ways that challenge discrimination and prejudice;
- Equip young people with the skills and competencies required for the changing world as it is emerging today.
'The drive of the Coexistence Trust to bring together Muslim and Jewish students to honestly face up to differences, but also to try and find common cause against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism sends a powerful message. It can not only make a difference to the universities where it happens, but it also sends a wider message to the rest of society about the sort of responsibilities that we all have.'
The Rt. Hon David Milliband MP, 18th April 2012