Members of the “Together We Plant a Tree of Hope” project met to celebrate the glorious Christmas, as teachers of Al-Azhar Religious Institutes congratulated Christian faculty members and distributed souvenirs in the name of the project.
The project participants also conveyed the congratulations of the Azhar Institute to Bishop Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria on the occasion of Christmas, through Rev. Michael Milad, patron of the project’s dialogue committee.
The meeting was attended by Ramez Bekhit, Executive Director of the Interfaith Committee of the Episcopal/Anglican Church, and Sheikh Ali Al-Banna, the Forensic science instructor, on behalf of Sheikh Abdel Aziz Al-Najjar, head of the central administration of the Al-Menoufia Al-Azhar region.
The members of the project from Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Darwish Mustafa, Gamal Lotfi, Abdullah Beshara, Tariq Al-Qattan, Asma Al-Adly, Hana Farag, and Amira Al-Jazzar, as well as from the Episcopal School, Mina Adel, Fadi Nabil, Neven Fawzy, Iman Zakaria, Teresa Saad, and Rasha Attia.
The project is being held under the auspices of the Episcopal/ Anglican Church in Egypt, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Egyptian Family House.
It is worth noting that the Together We Plant a Tree of Hope project aims to develop a culture of dialogue among Egyptian school children, which in turn will lead to understanding the other, his beliefs and values, and also spread a culture of acceptance of the other, as the project relies on following different methods to embody the culture of dialogue in school activities so that it becomes a source of enjoyment, in addition, to allow the children freedom and responsibility to be able to run the project themselves under the care and guidance of teachers in an atmosphere of openness and acceptance.