Introduction to Social Culture in Britain is an educational project for young refugees aged 16-26 focusing on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, but open to all refugees regardless of their country of origin.
This project -an initiative of Joseph Interfaith Foundation– was launched on 17th November 2016 at the House of Lords, and was attended by religious and community leaders of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who gave the opening remarks, said:
“The work of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation is very important for interfaith relations in this country. This is an excellent and necessary project for the young refugees and I congratulate the Foundation for initiating it.”
Speaking about the project, Mehri Niknam MBE, Executive Director of the Foundation said:
“Many of our young refugees come from war-torn countries where either they have witnessed horrific violence or have been personally affected by it. When they arrive in this country, many don’t have the necessary language skills or knowledge of our laws and social mores.
The major aims of this project are to inform young refugees and offer them support from various professional, voluntary and religious bodies; to assist them build resilience against being misled through misunderstanding and help them to integrate more easily into the society. It is also the best way to demonstrate to them the significance of good interfaith relations in this county.”
This project is led by senior imams and rabbis who are members of the Foundation’s National Council of Imams & Rabbis.