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ReliXchange!
a German-Egyptian youth exchange
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one group from GERMANY
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one group from EGYPT
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3 Abrahamic faiths ...
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... international interfaith dialogue
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one week in CAIRO
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one week in BERLIN

Welcome to ReliXchange!

A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership

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ReliXchange is an inter-religious youth exchange between Germany and Egypt. Together with our Egyptian partner organisation New Horizon Association for Social Development we want to foster intercultural exchange and cooperation between Europe and North Africa and contribute to international and national inter-religious dialogue and understanding. What happens, and where? During the exchange programme 10 Egyptian and 10 German young adults spend together one week in Berlin, Germany (27/10-02/11/14) and one week in Cairo, Egypt (17-23/11/14). What is it about? On the one hand the exchange is about learning about the Abrahamic religions (principles of faith and traditions). Moreover, we will deal with the role and influence of the respective religions in both countries, and are interested particularly in the role and situation of religious minorities. Furthermore, creative methods for advancing inter-religious dialogue will be elaborated in the course of the exchange.


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ReliXchange TEAM

Programme Management, Method Kit: Dr. Anja Gebel (14km)
Project Coordination, Homepage: Andreas Fricke (14km)

The New Horizon Association of Social Development team

The 14km volunteers: Evin Kücükali (InfoKIT), Mariam Korte (Quiz of Religions), Caroline Bunge (Blogs)

Blog PR Egypt: Sara Samir Ashour

Proof reading Method Kit: Lucia Linares (14km)

ReliXchange logo: Sandra Spindler

Trainings & Workshops: Sara-Duana Meyer, Gihan Abouzeid, Giovanni Gino Santo, Islam El-Ghazouly

Language facilitation: Jade Nicole Zoghbi (14km)

GPS education tour in cooperation with mediale pfade.de Agentur für Medienbildung

Hip Hop Workshop: Amin Saleh – Rap4Respect

ReliXchane DOCUMENTATION ReliXchange MATERIALS

We offer the following materials produced within ReliXchange to reuse them:

The Quiz of Religions

GPS education tour "Religion in Berlin"

Method Kit for international interreligious youth work

1219Logo300PxThe programme has been actively supported by 1219 German Foundation for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue e.V.


ReliXchange Song >>Believe in yourself<<:


ReliXchange Teaser / making of >>Believe in yourself<< (Rap4Respect Workshop):

 

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A heartfelt thank you!

"Two life-changing weeks" - "transcending the cultural and religious differences".

ReliXchange - the German-Egyptian youth exchange for Interreligious Dialogue was a great experience that will long remain fresh in our minds. In early December, the participants met again in Berlin and Cairo. It was a third meeting that followed the two main programme weeks, but for the first time the participants met separated by nations. The task was to look back, reflected own experiences, and rethink content and processes critically. The participants turned their focus into the future then, concentrating on how to share their personal experiences and findings by designing their own projects. And there was a brief reunion via video conference with the other half of the group on the other side of the Mediterranean on the neighbouring continent. In the very first hours of ReliXchange one insight had quickly emerged: there is only one ReliXchange group, not several. All belong together, regardless of whether German or Egyptians, woman or man, religious or not, Muslim, Sufi, Catholic, city- or country-dweller, Protestant, Christian Orthodox, Coptic or atheist. This sympathetic human unity was the greatest gift that we could get back for our effort as the organizing team in Berlin. My colleague Anja Gebel and I, Andreas Fricke, we will not forget this common energy of the young participants, their successes and the fun they had together. It was this gift that made us forget the hardships of the delayed project start, shifts, rescheduling and overtime hours - and it still motivates us to keep on working. We would like to thank sincerely all those involved: the German Foreign Office, the German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning, Bread for the World, the German Embassy Cairo, the German Federal Office of Administration, Amin Saleh and Rap4Respect, mediale pfade.de Agency for Media Education, 1219 German Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue eV, the trainers Sara-Duana Meyer, Gihan Abouzeid, Giovanni Gino Santo, Islam El-Ghazouly, the team of the New Horizon Association for Social Development, Jade Nicole Zoghbi, Lucia Linares and Sara Samir Ashour, Sandra Spindler for the ReliXchange design, the volunteer staff Evin Kücükali, Mariam Korte, Caroline Bunge - and of course: all ReliXchange participants! With the success of ReliXchange in mind, we are looking forward to future projects of 14km eV, which will reduce the distance between North Africa and Europe even further. We already work intensively on some precise goals, and more exchange projects are planned. In order to realise as much of them successfully we ask for numerous donations. The more financial support we get, the easier we can organise our daily and mainly voluntary team work, and the more we can focus on content and bring more projects on the way succesfully. Thank you very much! The ReliXchange blog ends with two quotes from the original ReliXchange participants blogs. The blog team of the first of ten days highlighted the general expectations and hopes: "The participants did not expect less than to discover a new perspective on religion – maybe even on life!” Have these participants' expectations been fulfilled? The blog team of the last programme day describes how successful ReliXchange bridged the distance between North Africa and Europe: „All along the activities, we could assume that significant ties have been developed within the group transcending the cultural and religious differences. After two intense life-changing weeks of discovery and interaction, words fall short to express it, but there were hugs, tears, friendship, intensity, sadness and hope…“   Andreas Fricke, ReliXchange Project Coordinator, April 2015 Direct links to the original participants blogs: day 1 - day 2 - day 3 - day 4 - day 5- day 6 - day 7 - day 8 - day 9 - day 10 The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ.


ReliXchange Last Day

The last day: “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened”, Dr.Seuss             After a fun warm up, we had an  introduction to our next task which comprised  a public space tour. We were divided into four groups each invited to reflect and document their impressions about one of the following aspects in public space: gender, religion, art and appropriation of space. Back from the free roaming tour, we first presented the photo essay from Berlin’s public space tour (and though this was not directly discussed, this provided us with an opportunity to juxtapose in our minds Berlin and Cairo’s public spaces). Then, each group shared their impressions and adventures about their morning tours in Cairo.           Later, we proceeded to our last formal session of the program which was a mix of emotional and intellectual reflection. This is since, through a variety of tools and activities, members had the chance to express their thoughts and emotions about the experience not only from a general perspective but also a personal one. All along the activities, we could assume that significant ties have been developed within the group transcending the cultural and religious differences. At the end of the day, we all proceeded for special surprise outing offered and arranged by NHASD which revealed to be a Nile dinner cruise and show. Only few hours were left before the German group would fly back to Berlin. Most of the participants opted to ditch sleep to catch a last chat or laugh with other fellow participants/“friends”. Many accepted the hospitable invitation of “Islam”, one of the Egyptian teamers, to spend a rooftop after-party at his place. Later, back at the hostel there was a scene of packing, chatting, catching some sleep and playing cards/ fun games. Finally, arrived the most emotionally challenging and charged scene: the farewell. After two intense life-changing weeks of discovery and interaction, words fall short to express it, but there were hugs, tears, friendship, intensity, sadness and hope…   A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation  Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ


ReliXchange Day 9

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy and wise. (Benjamin Franklin) A few participants of our group met at 5.30 am in the morning and went  on a spontaneous trip to the Al-Alzhar mosque, which was unfortunately closed. Instead they walked around the area and were invited to see the  making of a Misbaḥa - which is a string of prayer beads for Muslims to memorize the 99 names of Allah. Afterwards they by metro to the al-Qurba quarter of Cairo - a quarter with a lot of buildings with French architecture. After a refreshing and awakening breakfast the official program of the day started. A documentary about Jews in Egypt was shown and passionately discussed afterwards. Since Judaism is not represented by a group member everyone showed genuine interest in the topic. After lunch we started to discuss and develop our own ideas about how to share our exchange experience and how to promote interfaith dialogue in society. These ideas were further evolved and discussed through concrete project ideas and they also received helpful feedback from the teamers and the other participants. Since we were not able to see the Pyramids on Tuesday we postponed it to Friday. A light show at the pyramids told us about the sight's history and its treasures. Some people split up and went to a concert of the Egyptian band Maktoub.   A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation  Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ


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The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ.

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