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Self-Reliance Training

Under Development: The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation is working with leading interfaith groups, business schools and educational institutions to develop a “Self-Reliance Curriculum.”

Obtaining self-reliance life skills is a pressing need among many vulnerable communities who are susceptible to radicalization, such as Muslims in the UK. The project will make available to interfaith training teams* a curriculum of self-reliance that could be taught to members of vulnerable communities by interfaith teams beginning in the UK and then taken globally.

The curriculum would promote self-reliance as a way of life and help people make a conscious, active effort to provide for their own needs and those of their families. The program would follow the six themes for a balanced life:

  • education
  • health
  • employment
  • family home production and stewardship
  • family finances
  • spiritual strength

* Interfaith training teams will be composed of volunteers from local business as well as faith communities – having both is a unique and an essential component of the program in that involving people with real business know-how together with people of diverse faiths and beliefs helps give real alternatives to radical narratives that grow under conditions of isolation and desperation.

UK Viewpoints: How should radicalization be tackled?

The killing on the afternoon of 22 May 2013 of a British Army soldier, Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, has reopened the debate about those who carry out acts of violence in the name of Islamist fundamentalism. Experts give their opinions on how society and the authorities should react to this incident and what could be done to combat radicalization in the UK.

The debate continues as the Birmingham City Council is investigating 25 schools about claims of takeovers by Islamist extremists.