Jewish Educational Group World ORT and the Pope’s Scholas Occurrentes organisation have joined forces to inculcate the importance of dialogue and mutual respect in teenagers from around the world.
The two organisations have signed an agreement at the Vatican to stage an international conference in Buenos Aires bringing together hundreds of teenagers from different religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
It is the fulfilment of World ORT Board of Trustees Chair Dario Werthein’s declaration – made after 16 ORT students took part in a Scholas Occurrentes conference in Jerusalem earlier this year – that he would “continue to work to generate more meetings like this”.
Mr Werthein signed the agreement with the President and World Director of Scholas Occurrentes, José María del Corral, in the presence of Pope Francis last week.
World ORT Director General and CEO Avi Ganon, who was also present, said: “We see in this cooperation an important tool to promote tolerance worldwide. Coinciding almost exactly with the anniversaries of the promulgation of Nostra Aetate and the establishment of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, the signing of this agreement is a powerful reminder of what can be achieved by establishing equal and respectful dialogue between communities. I look forward to schools in World ORT’s international network leading by example in this exciting initiative.”
Thanks to this alliance, in October 2018, Buenos Aires will host hundreds of teenagers from diverse backgrounds who will engage in dialogue with the aim of learning to respect the other and committing to act for the greater good.
“World ORT and Scholas share a common goal; that is to make the world a better place through education. This collaboration will allow us to reach more places and for each and every one of the children to develop their potential, no matter where they come from,” Mr Werthein said.
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