Project information

Education for Conflict Prevention

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) is a leading UK interfaith organisation and has worked for nearly 15 years to encourage harmony and confront prejudice. Our work creates opportunities for people to take responsibility for good community relations - including teachers, students, and artists.

July 2011 - June 2013

Charity information: The Three Faiths Forum

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  • Need

    Need

    In UK cities there is a great deal of incidental interaction between different faiths and beliefs in schools, offices, and in public. This diversity provides enormous opportunities, but people’s
    knowledge often comes from simplistic media, false knowledge, or existing prejudices. As a result, groups can become excluded, which can lead to increased inequality and mistrust. A 44% increase in faith hate offences was recorded by the Police in 2009 - one indicator of the potential for conflict.

    Solution

    Interfaith activity, at its best, allows people to break through their prejudices and get to know something of the actual person behind the stereotype. This is a humanising process, where people discover similarities with those they previously saw as fundamentally different to themselves. Even when there are substantial differences, people often discover that these are not real obstacles to co-operating and trusting one another. And that they are certainly not a reason for hostility.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Decrease the underlying suspicions, ignorance and misunderstandings that often cause such conflict.

    Activities

    » Our workshops participants show increased awareness about their own tendencies to judge and stereotype based on ethnicity, appearance or religion.
    » Participants show increased feelings of curiosity, trust, empathy and respect for people who are different to them.

    3FF utilizes external academic researchers to consistently analyse our workshops. We look for consistent improvement in our workshop evaluations.


    Aim 2

    Increase the ease with which people communicate and ask potentially controversial questions.

    Activities

    » Our workshop attendees have improved skills of enquiry, critical thinking, reflection and communication.
    » Our attendees are more comfortable interacting with people of different faiths and beliefs.

    3FF utilizes external academic researchers to consistently analyse our workshops. We look for consistent improvement in our workshop evaluations.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our activities are designed to help young people recognise the sensitivity of talking about strongly held beliefs, and the consequences of not handling them with care, particularly the problems that occur when disagreement escalates into conflict (and sometimes violence). Our programmes directly reach 10,000 people each year and we expect our pre- and post-workshop evaluations to continue showing a significant and positive change in attitudes amongst our participants.

    Risk

    There are always risks that schools will pull out of our programmes. However, we currently work with nearly 100 primary and secondary schools in London, so we will continue to lead workshops within a large number of those schools, even if a few find it necessary to pull out.

    Reporting

    Donors receive an annual report of our programmes, including details of the external academic analysis and the internal pre- and post-workshop evaluations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £112,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,375 Evaluations External and internal production & analysis
      £12,710 Events Student and teacher conferences
      £28,500 School Costs Costs repaid to schools following workshops, conferences, etc
      £13,530 Marketing Website, PR, outreach, teacher networking
      £15,785 Overhead Equipment, insurance, interns, telephone
      £11,955 Office Costs Rent, etc
      £14,145 Management Costs Programme oversight

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private funders £61,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Our workshops are held throughout Greater London.

    Beneficiaries

    The majority of our workshops are held in primary and secondary schools for groups of 30-100 students and their teachers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over our nearly 15 years, we have developed good partnerships within the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith communities in a wide spectrum of areas. We also hold good standing with government who have followed the development of our work over the years, and cited our work in various governmental publications. 3FF is a national organisation with access to civic and community leadership who assist, and are informed by, our grass- roots programming.

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    People

    Debbie Danon

    Debbie Danon is 3FF's Education Manager. She manages relationships with the schools which bring 3FF in for workshops with students.

    Aisling Cohn

    Aisling is 3FF's School Linking Manager. She manages relationships with faith-schools which "link" with other faith-schools. "Links" are one year.

    Sana Umair

    Sana is 3FF's Education Officer. Her role is to faciliate in-school workshops and manage speakers and interns.