CALL FOR FELLOWS
Interfaith dialogue & Global Peace
The Second Southern Africa Interfaith & Peace Academy, 13-23 December 2016
The 2016 Southern Africa Interfaith & Peace Academy (SAIPA) will run under the banner Interfaith dialogue & Global Peace. This school’s scope will be biased towards ” Interfaith dialogue” though in light of the other four dimensional spheres of Gender, Ethnicity, Democracy and Ecology. This school will be hosted in one of the World’s finest tourist destinations: Victoria Falls. Not only that, but at Pamushana Lodge which is one of the most beautiful and luxurious lodges in Zimbabwe.
The goal of the school is to provide an environment conducive for the creation of a practical formula for the bridging of global faiths traditions. As globalization proved to be a solution to many problems faced by the world, it also gave birth to a number of controversial ideologies and ” interfaith” is definitely one of them especially in Southern Africa. In an effort to bridge global faith traditions, this school will trace in general the global faiths trends, the complexity of globalisation in face of interfaith and obviously how faith turned to be a war zone in global society. For this to be successful, this school strongly believes in a quadrilateral pedagogy of class presentations, field work, community involvement and also the utilisation of electronic journals.
THE SCHOOL’S ENVIRONMENT
The 2016 SAIPA will provide the participants with an opportunity to feel the uniqueness of Africa’s amazing nature, Victoria Falls. These falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Tonga people who inhabit the area described it as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” meaning The Smoke that Thunders. Victoria Falls is among the fifteen wonders of the world according to the great traveler, Hillman Wonders. It is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.
Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, in a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rained forest. However, a path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparallel series of views of the falls. One special vantage point is the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, but of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.
THE SCHOOL VENUE
This school will be hosted at Pamushana Lodge, one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls with first class facilities whilst maintaining the natural breath from Zambezi River. The place is only 25km from the Victoria Falls Airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. Pamushana Lodge is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quite ambiance of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services. The venue provides excellent Wi-Fi.
Zimbabwe, though facing economic challenges remains one of the most peaceful countries in Africa if not in the world. Zimbabweans are naturally accommodative and literate to the extent that more than 95% of the populace speaks fluent English.
- Dr M Mhailu(Ethiopia)
- Dr E Ivagba(Nigeria)
- Dr M Ruzivo(Zimbabwe)
For any questions, contact
The Programs Director
Rev Tapiwa Huggins Gusha
+263 8644 136781/ +263 773 203 891/ +263 736 391 345