The Managing Editor and Publisher of the Independent Authoritative Heritage Newspaper, Mr. Mohammed M. Kanneh, Sr. departs the country today, Thursday, February 7, 2013, for Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Kanneh is one of the participants from Liberia who are to attend an international conference devoted to exploring the contribution of Hizmet Movement in mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence in a globalized world.
The conference, which is organized in cooperation with the Institute Fondamental de l'Afique Noire (IFAN) and the Senegalese Ministry of Education, will take place on February 8-9, 2013 in Dakar. According to the organizers, the conference will propose a critical reflection for appraising the links between social cohesion and diversity in a globalized world.
From this perspective, the organizers say, one of the aims of this conference is to understand the involvement of civil society, particularly analyzing the case of Hizmet Movement- the so called "Gulen Movement" - in terms of their contribution to a global peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding of differences.
The conference, the organizers indicate, will also examine a transnational and educational movement inspired from Fethullah Gulen's ideas and views on dialogue, community cohesion, integration, religion in the public space and human rights. "Fethullah Gulen, one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world, has motivated millions to engage and invest in social development through nondenominational education and betterment of community relations through intercultural dialogue," the organizers note.
"Volunteering and donating, often used as indicators of social participation in public life, are core elements of the Hizmet Movement. The movement's primary objective is to achieve peaceful relations and greater understanding through education, dialogue and charity. With worldwide activism in diverse fields, Hizmet Movement will be explored with regards to their purpose to achieve a cohesive society, how it is able to motivate people to engage in lasting and positive change with inclusive social relationships," the organizers add.