National
Sri Lanka's "MinorMatters" Project Receives UNAOC-BMW Group Intercultural Innovation Award

Sri Lanka's "MinorMatters" Project Receives UNAOC-BMW Group Intercultural Innovation Award

Dec 11, 2019

Colombo (Sri Lanka) Dec 11: The "MinorMatters: Rewind; Rebuild" project of the organization Alliance Development Trust in Sri Lanka was selected as one of ten global grassroots initiatives to receive the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, during an Awards Ceremony held Tuesday (December 10) at the Royal Theatre in Madrid, Spain.
Ten projects have been named finalists by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group for the 2019 Intercultural Innovation Award. The selection process was highly competitive, with over 1,200 applications received from 128 countries. The selection process was highly competitive, with over 1,200 applications from 128 countries.
The Alliance Development Trust's "MinorMatters: Rewind; Rebuild" project is an innovative and first of its kind national initiative with the aim to promote religious freedom and coexistence in Sri Lanka.
As a web-based platform, MinorMatters seeks to raise awareness on issues surrounding freedoms of religion and belief. The project's main objectives are to support interfaith communities and enhance coexistence.
The web-based platform with resources to equip and empower citizens, especially youth, seeks to promote religious freedom and coexistence in Sri Lanka. Soon, the platform will also include an online museum to memorialize religious freedom violations and promote interreligious dialogue in the country. The latter will be implemented through an e-learning platform which will increase literacy on freedoms of religion and belief, especially amongst children and youth.
"We are honored to receive this recognition," said Project Director Yamini Ravindran. "It is an encouragement to continue our work on promoting religious freedom."
In addition to a financial grant, the Alliance Development Trust will receive capacity-building and mentorship support from UNAOC and the BMW Group to help the "MinorMatters: Rewind; Rebuild" project expand and replicate to other contexts. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates a more profound impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project.
The Intercultural Innovation Award supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity, and more inclusive societies. This year, the Awards Ceremony was chaired by the High Representative for UNAOC and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, and Bill McAndrews, Vice President Market Communications, BMW Group.
Source: Colombo Page