The Freedom of Religion or Belief Learning Platform provides resources to help individuals, communities and decision-makers learn, reflect upon and promote freedom of religion or belief for all. It includes resources for personal study and for educators and facilitators to use in group trainings. The core resources have been developed in dialogue with specialists and with reference people from a range of religious and belief backgrounds.
Learning platform resources are useful in a wide range of contexts and for a wide range of audiences.
- Parliamentarians, diplomats and development professionals
- Officials responsible for making or implementing public policy, including officials of the justice system such police, lawyers and judges
- Members and ordained or lay leaders of religious and belief communities
- Training institutions for religious leaders such as theological seminaries
- Educational bodies teaching/students studying human rights, democracy, law or religious studies
- NGO staff and business leaders working in contexts where serious violations occur
- Staff within human rights and freedom of religion or belief organisations
- The media
The Freedom of Religion or Belief Learning Platform is an initiative of the Nordic Ecumenical Network on Freedom of Religion or Belief (NORFORB) in partnership with a wide range of secular and faith based organisations that seek to promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief for all, as given in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) Learning Platform continues to offer resources and opportunities. FORB has begun the process of developing three online training courses on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) – one for FORB trainers, one for community leaders and one for development professionals working in contexts of gross violations of FORB.
Training places are available for a facilitated five-week online course focusing on capacitating people who would like to train others on FORB issues. It includes modules on human rights education and facilitation skills, as well as modules on human rights, religious literacy, FORB, context analysis, and strategy development.
FORB representatives hope that the course can contribute to the development of an international network of FORB trainers from a wide variety of religious and belief backgrounds and a wide range of organisations.
FORB anticipates beginning trial runs for the Community Leaders Course and the Development Professionals course during autumn 2019 and spring 2020.
FORB is an initiative of the Nordic Ecumenical Network on Freedom of Religion or Belief in partnership with a wide range of secular and faith-based organisations that seek to promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief for all.