RIYADH: The International Dialogue Center, or KAICIID, recently honored new graduates from its Fellows Programme, including Arab and African cohorts.
The ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, was attended by KAICIID Secretary-General Zuhair Al-Harithi along with ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from various countries.
KAICIID honored 70 fellows from 37 countries. Training workshops, dialogue sessions, and journeys to various religious sites in Lisbon preceded the graduation ceremony.
The fellows’ dialogue initiatives were showcased, reflecting their commitment to creating bridges for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.
KAICIID fellows also shared lessons learned during the implementation phase of initiatives.
Al-Harithi praised the fellows' dedication during a year of work and collaboration.
He said that KAICIID is proud of its graduates’ creativity and achievements, and views their initiatives as proof of their ability to foster peace and prosperity in their local communities.
The Fellows Programme is a year-long training scheme designed to build a network of leaders committed to fostering interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
Since its launch in 2015, it has equipped hundreds of fellows from 86 countries with the dialogue skills needed to tackle challenges such as hate speech and violent extremism.
Fellows can be part of international or regional cohorts, including the Arab region, Africa, Europe, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America.