Intercultural Training for Imams
The project is intended for 70 imams working in Moroccan communities or within the IGS, an association of Shiite communities in Germany. It will address the specific needs and concerns of Muslims in Germany, offer solutions to problems and, when required, will put the participants in touch with resources to assist them in their work. An important second pillar of the project is networking support and promoting the interactions of imams and key individuals in Muslim communities with municipal actors.
In addition to intensive, individual language courses, a key objective is to increase the participants' awareness of Germany's identity in terms of culture, politics and society. In this context it is also important to create sensitivity for the living conditions of Muslim youth in Germany, taking as a starting point the issues surrounding the cultural identity of many young Muslims from migrant backgrounds.
Over the project timeline, from October 2015 until September 2017, a series of courses and workshops in the German language and on German culture and society will be conducted at various locations in the state of Hesse as well as Hamburg and Berlin. The Intercultural Training for Imams project will build on the valuable experience gained through past initiatives, especially the project Muslim Communities as Local Actors, which was implemented in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Foundation. The approach is highly participation-oriented, with all participants given a say in shaping and selecting the course contents. This, along with the strong reflection of local needs and circumstances, ensures the necessary flexibility and the adaptation of the training to the real needs at the local level.
The project is being implemented by the Goethe-Institut in close cooperation with the Moroccan communities in Germany and the IGS. It is receiving support and guidance from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the state foundation Miteinander in Hessen, which fosters communities and citizen involvement in the state of Hesse. The cooperation with the Moroccan communities is supported by the Council of the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (CCME) and the European Council of Moroccan Oulema (CEOM), with headquarters in Brussels.