About the Project
Community Elders for Social Tolerance
The Community Elders (Murubbis) for Social Tolerance supported by the Management System International (MSI) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is running very smoothly as per its planned targets of the project. Major outcomes of the project are to Enhanced tolerance and inter-community inter-action at community level through various social and cultural interventions and Better linkage with duty bearers and beyond community. finally, Cohesive and interactive society with reduced possibility of intolerance and conflict.
THEORY OF CHANGE
If we create CTPG with activists and Murubbis (community elders) from both DPRSM and Bangladeshi communities (Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Adivasi etc.) who will gain tolerance promotion and vulnerability reduction skills to disseminate in the community and establish relationship with duty bearers then it will contribute to creating a cohesive and interactive society with reduction of intolerance and conflict because CTPGs will work to increase community participation and promote the culture of mutual respect towards communities.
Meeting to form Community Group (CG) of Community Elders with youth activists, develop indicators for rapid assessment, and conduct the rapid assessment by CG to identify vulnerabilities, strength, tolerance or intolerance etc. as part of baseline data development. Courtyard meeting to form Community Tolerance Promotion Group (CTPG), and develop plan of action to promote peace and tolerance in the community through various social, cultural and sports activities on the occasion of different inter-community festivals and national/ international days. Then CTPGs implement their plan of actions with support from the project. Simultaneously, the project develops a discussion guidebook on peace, tolerance, diversity, inclusion, conflict resolution and community development and organize monthly discussion meeting with CTPGs to equip them with knowledge and skills on these issues. The project also develops two audio-visual materials on peace promotion and community mobilization to disseminate messages on peace and community mobilization in the community. The last activity is the final assessment by community.
The main objective of the project was to enhance tolerance and inter-community interaction through various social and cultural interventions. Its key features are formation of Community Tolerance Promotion Group (CTPG), situation analysis and assessment by CTPG, capacitating CTPGs with knowledge and skills on PVE issues, social and cultural activities undertaken by CTPGs for promoting peace and tolerance in the community. Key messages are –
- Tolerance for diversity
- More interaction for social cohesion
- Respect for community elders
- Restoration of the culture of mutual respect towards other communities
- Youth groups can act as change agents to make our society more cohesive and interactive with reduced possibility of intolerance and conflict.
The target groups of the project were community elders with youth activists which includes Matbor/ Maji/ Sardar, women activist, youth (Boys & Girls), Imam, Teacher, Union Parishad (UP) Chairman & Members and Students from College, University and Seminaries (From all ethnic and religious groups).
It was observed that participation of people from diverse communities in social, cultural and sports events increased gradually. Huge number of people from Muslim, Hindu and Indigenous Buddhist community (Chakma) participated in the events which was much higher than estimated. For example, in the project, the target number of participants in each event was set only 50, but in practice, it saw on average more than 300 participants attended in each event organized by CTPGs. As per the project concept, it was assumed that if interaction between different communities increases, tolerance will enhance in the community.
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