Asia Foundation’s Program Peduli Releases Short Film on Inter-Faith Social Inclusion in Indonesia
July 18, 2016 — Recently, The Asia Foundation’s Program Peduli, which promotes a social movement of civil society organizations and communities in realizing social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty in Indonesia, released a short film telling the story of a community that worked together to resolve intercommunal conflict.
The town of Tambora, in Bima in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia was segregated along religious lines. After experiencing a protracted conflict between the two villages that resulted in the Hindu community being excluded from practicing their religion, the community sought a solution through the establishment of a community-led Leadership School. Through the school, the community seeks to increase interaction between the religions to promote understanding and tolerance by learning about each other’s histories, traditions and conflict mediation techniques to forge an inclusive community.
Since The Asia Foundation began working on the program in partnership with the Indonesian government in 2014, it has established partnerships with six civil society organizations and community-based organizations working on disability issues and 70 other partners who work with groups of citizens who face stigma and discrimination, the program’s social media platform shapes a shared identity and promotes discourse, cultivated through the hashtag “Inclusive Indonesia” or #IDInklusi; strengthens networks by offering partners a shared platform to promote their activities; and provides an important tool for persons with disabilities and others to communicate their everyday realities where they might otherwise go unheard. Program Peduli is under the Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK). Details about the program are available on the website programpeduli.org and social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
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