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In Mauritius, Children Send a Message of Hope Through Their Paintings

Inspired by the themes of the Third Forum, namely values, action and hope, Mosaique, organization dedicated to interfaith dialogue in Mauritius, produced a calendar illustrated with children’s paintings. ‘Children’s wishes’, a calendar-planner for the year 2008, conveys a message about sharing common values and working together to build a better future. A message filled with hope.

The population of the small island of Mauritius is multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic. Its 1.2 million people trace their origins back to India, Africa, Europe and China. The main religions are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Consolidating and building bridges of understanding is an absolute necessity. The twelve boys and girls of different faiths, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who offered their paintings, represent the Mauritian mosaic.

50,000 calendar-planners have been freely distributed to the population – among them 40,000 through a widely read weekly. Thus, more than one out of ten Mauritians received the calendar which also contained excerpts from Christian, Hindu and Islamic holy books further illustrating the concept of shared values.

The feedback has been very positive and as a follow-up activity, a workshop is scheduled with more children and parents participating together.