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The Asia Foundation in collaboration with the Madania School

On February 4, 2016 The Asia Foundation in collaboration with the Madania School, held a Festival of Culture of Religions. The festival familiarized Madania students with interfaith relations. The students are 83% Muslim, and 17% Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah's Witnesses, Hindus, and Buddhists. This school successfully passed the critical controversial period, when it decided to develop a school with the spirit of Islam that is open and progressive. The fruit is a well-established inclusive school. One sign is its ability to hold this event in the cultural festival of religions, in which all 800 students deliberately get a chance to learn about other religions. With the cultural festival activity of these religions the students are expected to grow into tolerant religious students, full openness towards other faiths. Madania’s Festival is expected to be a model of tolerant education for schools in Indonesia which now seems increasingly intolerant and not open to other religions.

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