2. State of the Art
3. Materials and Methods
4.1. Interreligious Language Pairs
The interreligious language pairs programme also breaks the taboo that discussing about religion does not mean that you have to have a belief convictions but simply interested in the cultural aspect of religion (…) This was a very nice lever, very good because many people get involved. (…)
The people who give the homilies are the rectors, the imams, the pastors… these are the people we have gone to make the proposal to. They are the ones who will explain this project to their parishioners. Sometimes religions have the tendency to close down, it is a challenge to open doors, to see this city and to share. It is not about converting anyone, it is about sharing a space that is Badalona with the different beliefs (…) it is good for the city, for the citizens to know and contrast.(Jaume Ventura, interreligious dialogue board)2
Within the interreligious language pairs there was a person with migrant origin who knew perfectly Catalan because he came here many years ago and he is now volunteer, and therefore that person, who is Moroccan (…) he is now teaching Catalan to other members of his community… and that also overcomes barriers because not only those who are Catalan are the ones who teach Catalan, but Catalan can be taught by migrants as well.
He is the imam and I’m a priest (…) moral authorities rather than governmental authorities… but we are referents in our communities, and has certain influence (…) we break taboos, prejudices when he explains [the experience of interreligious pairs] to his community and I explain to mine, and that clarifies stereotypes and makes a network (…) our communities have an interest in learning about other ways of thinking, other realities, dig a little deeper.
On the first day I thought that the Catalans were very closed-minded. Now I see that they are not.(Dramane- Muslim from Mali)
I have seen the enormous solidarity of the group and I have been very impressed.(Enrique, language partner of the Dramane)3
Thus began a very stable friendship. You only value what is known. There is no prejudice because we know each other and then of course, if there are prejudices with newcomers is because we do not know those people, and we simply see externally that they are different from us and of course, this causes us a suspicion, which is destroyed when you know the other person.
We do more, because we are still … but no longer in the program because the program was finished this time and got the diploma and all that, it is an incentive, but let’s say have begun fact that makes continued friendship not only between us, between X [his pair] and myself but also other pairs. We know other pairs who, instead of meeting every two weeks as we were, as they are every month or month and a half of a house to another house and so began a very stable relationship because here there is a very important value only what is known.
I tell my friends later.(Dramane. See note 3)
4.2. Alencop Cooperative
Next, they carried out a selection of people who wanted to participate in this project at two levels: first of all under individual care, then with debating groups with the entities which is in fact what it is about or how to approach this issue with participants that are on site, but utilising not just the group of immigrants but the whole community as a practical tool: the way the cooperative can become a tool for the community. We do not speak about a group only, but the community as a whole.(Ousmane)
I don’t know them but I want to help them. They were not family, nor friends, I didn’t know who they were but their situation is hard and I wanted them to meet a kind face, with a little help that could help them to be autonomous here.(Falu, Alencop volunteer)
There are many types of members. The idea is to see everybody’s possibilities, from a range of people who attended University to those illiterates since reality is definitely diverse (…) people with different religious beliefs, different cultures, different languages.(Ousmane)
What we want is to add up identities. We are from here and from Africa and we can contribute to many things here. And this is what teaches the cooperative in everything it offers. We are different and equal.(volunteer to the cooperative)
Anyone having a professional job should be able to enjoy social work and say: what society has furnished me with, how could I return it to the society? By helping in an adult people school, meeting people, making linguistic pairs, volunteer work, in short, anything to return to society what society gave to us. Why? Because, really, if vulnerable groups are not protected, all of us will turn into vulnerable people. We must protect and accompany our neighbours otherwise (…) all of us will be on track to become vulnerable subjects.(Ousmane)
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