Deep divides remain between religious and ethnic groups in Sri Lanka after nearly 3 decades of conflict. Local peacebuilder Dishani Jayaweera’s work aims to bridge these divides by running religious tolerance workshops with young people.
Dishani’s project is bringing together 250 young people and 500 religious leaders – from all faiths in Sri Lanka. She is dedicated to connecting these two major groups to work together at the grassroots to establish a powerful civil body promoting social change.
Peace Direct is supporting a workshop which will take place this February. The workshop will be led by religious leaders and be delivered to 40 young people. They aim to understand and to respect each other’s religions, and the young people will take what they have learnt back to their peers. Over the next year they will run activities and events at village, district and national level – reaching 1,250 people.