City opens interfaith school training program

City opens interfaith school training program
Jakarta officials are pinning their hopes on a "Smart City" strategy to improve the quality of daily life for the 10 million residents struggling to overcome the notoriously congested capital's chronic shortcomings.

Deputy Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat officiated the first sessions of Sekolah Agama dan Bina Damai (Sabda) or School of Religions and Peace, which was initiated by the Jakarta Harmonious Religious People Forum (FKUB), at City Hall on Monday

The FKUB is a forum formed by the public and facilitated by local governments with a mission "to build, maintain and empower religious people for a peaceful and prosperous life".

The forum's training programme will train 30 participants of five religious persuasions from Monday to Friday at the Pondok Remaja PGI in Cipayung, East Jakarta, to be future members of the FKUB.

The training, Djarot said, aimed to form qualified residents who could promote unity among the public through polite and peaceful manners.

"These cadres are not only important for the FKUB, but also for the community, as they can counter the intolerant actions of particular groups," he said.

Jakarta FKUB head Ahmad Syafi'I Mufid said on Monday that the school's establishment was in line with Gubernatorial Regulation No. 170/2009 concerning the organisation of the FKUB in five municipalities and one regency in the capital city.

"Jakarta needs a standardized peace institution because the city is a melting pot of groups, making it prone to conflicts," he said, adding that lecturers from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and Paramadina University in South Jakarta were among the trainers.

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