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Statement from the UK Trustees

Future of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation The Tony Blair Faith Foundation was set up in 2008 to help people understand the major role that religion plays within society, and to come up with practical ideas that address the needs arising from religion's growing influence on world events.

15 Mar 2017

Foundation Update

Our Impact in 2016

21 Dec 2016

Education

Prevent Duty: Practical Training Course For Teachers

The next generation will shape the future, and they will do it in a world of relentless change and diversity. We must prepare this generation, giving them the skills and experience they need to navigate difference in a peaceful way. We are pleased to invite UK-based educators to apply for a place on a training course on Monday 10 October.

15 Aug 2016

Education

Generation Global helps open minds in Jordan

The war in nearby Syria has seen Jordan host over 600,000 refugees, while Islamic militancy in neighbouring countries presents security challenges. Globally, there is a trend of young people being radicalised by the ideology, narratives, and propaganda spread by extremists. Education can help students to resist the pull of extremist ideology and narratives, when it encourages critical thinking skills, citizenship values, and respect for diversity.

22 Jun 2016

Education

A Global Generation: How Dialogue Helps Prevent Extremism

As part of Generation Global, our renewed worldwide education programme, Palestinian and US students participated in a two-week special digital dialogue project, which allowed students to engage in online dialogue with peers across the globe. The project brought students from two very different backgrounds together to discuss issues related to their communities, beliefs, and values.

13 Jun 2016

Education

New Global Education Programme Equips Young People To Resist Extremism

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation launches Generation Global, a new global schools programme which helps students to navigate difference through dialogue.

10 Jun 2016

Education

Generation Global Online Learning Platform

Your students will shape the future. And they will do it in a world of relentless change and diversity. Generation Global prepares your students, giving them the skills and experience they need to navigate difference in a peaceful way.

08 Jun 2016

Education

Tony Blair Calls For A Global Commitment To Prevent Extremism Through Education

Our founder Tony Blair calls for a global commitment to prevent extremism through education. There is clear evidence that education can reverse the spread of intolerance, and there needs to be a tougher approach to tackling extremism.

06 Jun 2016

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Turkey, The EU, And Migration

In May, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics and the British Institute of Turkish Affairs (BITAF) hosted a well-attended event in Parliament on “Turkey, the EU, and migration”. Parliamentarians joined a lively debate covering the Syrian migration crisis, Turkey’s application to the EU, and the current nature of political debates inside Turkey.

31 May 2016

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Tony Blair: Extremism Is A Global Struggle. We Must Take It On And Defeat It Wherever It Occurs.

Extremism is not just about the Middle East; it's a global struggle. Defeating it therefore requires new policies and sustained international effort. The only way that the world can work is through pluralism and an open-minded attitude towards others, and we must take harmful ideologies and defeat them whenever and wherever they occur. On 24 May, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics (CRG) co-hosted with Prospect Magazine an "in conversation" event with Tony Blair.

24 May 2016

Education

Supporting Dialogue In Challenging Contexts

We have a long history of working in both India and Pakistan to facilitate dialogue between students with different cultural and religious perspectives. We aim to produce lasting attitudinal change by producing a deep understanding through dialogue, an approach that is vital for peace building.

10 May 2016

Foundation Update

What We Know About Global Extremism in 2016

Defeating the scourge of religious extremism will only be possible once we grasp the scale of the challenge. If we understand it, we can formulate effective approaches to tackle it. To help us in this, every month the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics tracks incidents of religious extremism, and responses to it, around the world.

06 May 2016

Supporting Leaders

Faiths Act And Roll Back Malaria Partnership Celebrate World Malaria Day

Our Senior Project Manager reflects on our collaboration project in Sierra Leone, and its activities to mark World Malaria Day.

27 Apr 2016

Foundation Update

What Can The Lives Of One Hundred Jihadis Tell Us About A Global Movement?

Tomorrow's jihadi leaders are being shaped today. They are forging the friendships, and absorbing the ideology, that will secure them positions in this global, violent movement. In new research, our Centre on Religion & Geopolitics looks at what the lives of 100 militants can tell us about those joining extremist groups now.

25 Apr 2016

Education

Face to Faith Marks World Malaria Day With Special Series

This World Malaria Day, through our Face to Faith programme, we are delighted to offer the opportunity for students from all over the world to participate in a special series of discussions on the topic of malaria. They will consider the case study of another of our projects, Faiths Act, where different communities in Sierra Leone collaborate towards a common goal.

25 Apr 2016

Foundation Update

How Do We Understand and Counter Extremist Narratives?

The development of ISIS, from an al-Qaeda splinter group into the world's most well-funded terrorist group, highlights the rapidly changing and global character of terrorist threats. At the same time, persistent domestic terrorism propagated by both lone actors and organised groups, demonstrates the challenge posed by extremism within our own communities.

22 Apr 2016

Education

Face to Faith Spring Team Blogging Project Connects Classes from 27 Schools

Face to Faith is our pioneering education programme, which works across the world to help prevent religious conflict and extremism. We help students embrace an open-minded approach to diversity and difference, which can lead to tolerant and stable societies. This spring is a busy time for the programme. In April alone, we'll connect 60 classes around issues such as civil rights, medical ethics, and community cohesion.

19 Apr 2016

Education

Emphasise The Positive: How To Deliver A Culture Of Online Respect

Interacting online can be difficult and confusing, especially for young people. We expect high standards of behaviour and respect for one another in the classroom and society, but online discussion is often ruined by disrespect, prejudice, and abuse.

14 Apr 2016

Education

Fifteen Schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, Connected With Face To Faith

Last week, we visited Fairfax County, Virginia, where we have 15 schools connected with our Face to Faith programme. We trained new teachers on how to foster dialogue and understanding in their classrooms, by combining technology, critical thinking, and conversations in student-centred exercises.

04 Apr 2016

Supporting Leaders

Our Faiths Act Team Visits Communities in Sierra Leone

Faiths Act is our groundbreaking collaboration programme, which provides practical support to facilitate interfaith interactions around a common challenge. Working and training together, often in each other's places of worship, uniquely places faith communities to bring their wide networks together to affect positive behaviour change. In Sierra Leone, we help to exploit the country's wide network of churches and mosques to help tackle one of the key health issues there – malaria.

31 Mar 2016

Education

Face to Faith Schools Visit: Palestine and Jordan

In March our Chief Executive, Angela Salt, and our Head of Education, Ian Jamison, visited some of the schools taking part in our pioneering global education programme, Face to Faith, in Palestine and Jordan.

31 Mar 2016

Foundation Update

Our Impact in 2015

The mission of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is to provide practical support to help in this effort. This report sets out our contribution in 2015.

15 Mar 2016

Foundation Update

Essentials of Dialogue

The teaching resources in Essentials of Dialogue provide educators with easy to use materials that give young people the dialogue and critical thinking skills needed to break down religious and cultural stereotypes. Essentials of Dialogue can help young people understand other religious and cultural perspectives by navigating difference and building understanding.

02 Mar 2016

Foundation Update

Education and Security

A new literature review by education specialists at McGill University, and published by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, looks at the global understanding of the role of education in countering violent extremism both in theory and in practice.

29 Feb 2016

Foundation Update

How to Prevent: Extremism and Policy Options

The world faces a battle of ideas. Powerful, extreme ideologies abusively use religious justifications to speak to a range of grievances and inspire horrific acts of violence. Where do we begin when thinking about the prevention of extremism? In this volume, How to Prevent: Extremism and Policy Options, various authors offer their experience and expertise.

27 Jan 2016

Foundation Update

How to Prevent Extremism

Confronting extreme ideology is the most important challenge we face today. Empowering teachers and communities to tackle the ideology requires informed and experienced officials. As part of our latest volume of essays "How to Prevent: Extremism and Policy Options", Hazel Blears writes that governments must not shy away from taking the necessary action.

11 Jan 2016

Foundation Update

Annual Accounts and Trustees' Report 2014

The latest annual accounts and Trustees' report (12 month period to December 2014) for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation have been submitted to Companies House and are published on this website today.

19 Oct 2015

Education

Supporting the Next Generation

We work across the world delivering a pioneering education programme to help prevent religious conflict and extremism

05 Oct 2015

Education

Connecting Students from Around the World

Videoconferences are an integral part of Face to Faith, allowing schools to connect directly with schools in different locations across the globe.

22 Sep 2015

Foundation Update

Voice of America Reports on Face to Faith

Voice of America (VoA) has reported on the work done by the Foundation's Face to Faith project in schools around the world.

10 Jul 2015

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Data from the Fragile States Index

The 2016 Fragile States Index, produced by the Fund for Peace, found that the continuing civil war in Syria, including attacks by ISIS, and the Boko Haram insurgency in countries like Chad, Nigeria, and Niger, has ensured that these countries have become less stable and more fragile.

06 Jul 2015

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Data from the Global Report on Internal Displacement

The 2016 Global Report on Internal Displacement, produced by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, found that globally during 2015 there were 8.6 million new displacements from violence and conflict, with 4.8 million of these displaced by conflict in the Middle East alone.

06 Jul 2015

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Data from the Global Peace Index

The 2016 Global Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace, found that the world is becoming less peaceful, primarily due to the intensification of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. Three of the five biggest declines in peace, when measuring conflict, safety and security in society, and military assistance, occurred in Yemen, Libya, and Bahrain.

06 Jul 2015

Centre on Religion & Geopolitics

Data from the Global Terrorism Index

The 2015 Global Terrorism Index, produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace, found that the number of lives lost to terrorism increased by 80 per cent in 2014, showing that ISIS and Boko Haram are now jointly responsible for 51 per cent of all global fatalities from claimed terrorist attacks.

06 Jul 2015

Foundation Update

Response to the Prime Minister's Speech

Read the response from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation on Prime Minister David Cameron's comments on tackling Islamist extremism.

19 Jun 2015

Foundation Update

Religion and Conflict: Responding to the Challenges

Religion and Conflict: Responding to the Challenges is the first volume in our Global Perspectives Series. The ideas and experiences that are set out in this collection of essays aim to provide practical support for policy-makers as they attempt to navigate the complexity of religion, conflict and extremism.

10 Jun 2015

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Faith Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Angela Salt is joining the Tony Blair Faith Foundation as its new Executive Director. Angela will join the Foundation later in the summer from the international development charity VSO, where she is UK Director.

05 Jun 2015

Foundation Update

Dealing with Violent Extremism: Mainstreaming Understanding of Religion

A pervasive lack of knowledge and understanding about the role of religion in the modern world is increasingly putting Western policy makers at a disadvantage in a world dominated by religious narratives. A clear choice lies ahead. Mainstream this understanding in order to convene the consensus and strategy needed to prevent and counter violent religious extremism, or repeatedly face groups such as ISIS and its possible successors and the huge financial burden of militarily defeating them, write Matthew Lawrence and William Neal for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Islam Versus Secularism: Muslim Democrats and a Third Way

Too often we assume that secularism is a monolith, an oft-imagined separation of church and state, an avoidance of overt religion in public life. But this aspiration was born out of a particular history and place. Today, public expressions of religion around the globe can no longer be contained by Western European-style secularism. But alternatives do exist. The West must take stock of its position and realign its policies to ensure that they reflect the public's religious sentiments.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Supporting Communities for Action

Despite great progress in recognising religious communities as partners in development work, it is an illusion to think that the argument that they should be is won. A lack of trust on both sides remains and serious work is needed to overcome this. Not least because when resources are at a premium there is no alternative to co-ordinated action, but also that the benefits of collaborative work and dialogue go far beyond development, building resources for conflict resolution and countering extremist narratives, writes Ian Linden for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Action for Peace and Progress: ‘Tin Ears’ on Religion and Development

The role of religion and of religious actors is far too often ignored or dismissed by international development officials and organisations. Religious actors have a wealth of experience, access and capacity to offer in tackling and achieving global goals, and the separation of secular and religious efforts is wasting precious time and resources. Yet there is hope, as the experiences of the World Faiths Development Dialogue proves, writes Katherine Marshall for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Education as a Security Issue

The use of education as both tool and target of religious extremists globally is perhaps one of the most important generational challenges we face today. To ensure that the next generation is open to a more pluralistic world we must ensure that their education equips them to safely encounter the 'Other'. This not only means improving knowledge, understanding and interaction, but also critically requires investment in developing essential soft skills that can ensure these are properly employed, writes Ian Jamison for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Case Study - Pakistan: Education, Religion and Conflict

Pakistan is in the midst of crisis. It is threatened by virulent extremist groups and is suffering from a failing education system that is poorly funded, politically manipulated and which promulgates an undefined Islamo-nationalist ideology that lays the foundations for widespread acceptance of ideologically motivated violence. Reforms to the curriculum have been legislated but are badly implemented by the country's politicians and the international community has largely turned a blind eye to these shortcomings. Unless aid and advocacy is specifically focused on far-reaching educational reform that directly tackles extremism, the long-term consequences will be extremely severe, writes Raza Rumi for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

Addressing Religious Extremism: A Positive Approach for Policy Makers and Practitioners

Extreme violence in the name of religion has become a feature of our society. However, there is a risk that hasty policy reactions to such violence can confuse extremism with conservative views that are legitimate in a liberal democracy that supports freedom of religion and belief. This can damage social cohesion by associating these events with a generalised picture of a religion. National policy needs to be integrated, including a positive educational approach. Better understanding of religions and engagement with people of other faiths, while not a solution on its own, is an important factor in countering extremism and building tolerance and respect among different groups. This can only help to foster democratic citizenship in national and global society, writes Robert Jackson for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

Foundation Update

The Counter Terrorist Classroom: Countering Extremism Through (Religious) Education?

The problem of modern religious education remains how to ground the subject when it is no longer grounded in the religious life, in the life of the holy. Contemporary efforts to use religious education for the countering of extremism are a subset of the wider grounding of religious education in political life and concerns. When religious education is harnessed to secular purposes and no longer provides any meaningful pathways to pursue the holy, we leave that vital space empty for the extremists to fill. If we do not recognise this, any attempt to use education to counter extremism is bound to fail, writes Liam Gearon for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Building a Consensus for Reconciliation

A core component of current conflicts is the growing polarisation between identities, particularly religious identities. To overcome this polarisation, heal divisions and build a consensus for reconciliation, we must develop patterns of dialogue and collaboration that build shared understanding, experience and trust. This will not be easy, but there can be no doubt that faith communities must take a leading role, writes Christopher Rider for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Why Religious Freedom is Good Foreign Policy

The incorporation of religious freedom into foreign policy is both a matter of principle and pragmatism. The empowerment of religious actors is a direct route towards the promotion of democracy and the prevention and reconciliation of conflict. Many countries have already moved in this direction, but improvements need to be made in their strategy both in terms of mainstreaming and multilateralism, writes Daniel Philpott for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Case Study: Nigeria: An Opportunity for Faith-Based Conflict Resolution

Religious conflict in Nigeria is only one challenge facing a polity that is divided into approximately 250 ethnic groups, a political order characterised by weak government and in which there is little regard for the rule of law. Under both military and civilian governments, fierce and bloody competitions between elites, often appealing to ethnic and religious identities, have resulted in a country run for their own benefit with little reference to the needs of the Nigerian people. There is a wide remit for faith groups to be involved in reconciliation and conflict resolution, however such initiatives need to carefully negotiate around local circumstances, writes John Campbell for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Peace Through Knowledge: Responding to Conflict Involving Religion

A simplistic, deterministic narrative of conflict between religions and global civilisations dominates our world. To respond to conflict between these great actors we must develop a new formula for the way in which the world deals with religion, especially with Islam. Dialogue between these civilisations to foster mutual understanding is an imperative we can no longer ignore, writes Akbar Ahmed for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Case Study: Iran: Building Consensus Against Intolerance

When it is reference to religion that is used to violate human rights, it might seem that religion itself should be the last recourse in the search for common ground upon which reconciliation can be based. But the stance of an Islamic cleric in Iran towards the Bahá'í community offers an example of how, in countries where universal human rights standards have little local resonance, appeals for tolerance based on religion can help break the deadlock. The domestication of rights and rights language, particularly in reference to religion, can help to curb intolerance and sectarianism, writes Nazila Ghanea for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

Avoiding Pitfalls in Responding to Religious Conflict

The export of religious freedom from the West has serious consequences for religious communities around the world. The impact of such policies can serve to only further divide societies already torn by conflict. Perhaps the greatest problem is the Western, and even Christian, bias these policies contain. A better understanding of local sensibilities and contexts combined with an appreciation for local practices of negotiating religion would provide a more viable building block for the achievement of equality, writes Lori G. Beaman for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

Foundation Update

From Negative to Positive Narratives: Values and Strategies in Negotiating Difference

The export of religious freedom from the West has serious consequences for religious communities around the world. The impact of such policies can serve to only further divide societies already torn by conflict. Perhaps the greatest problem is the Western, and even Christian, bias these policies contain. A better understanding of local sensibilities and contexts combined with an appreciation for local practices of negotiating religion would provide a more viable building block for the achievement of equality, writes Lori G. Beaman for our Global Perspectives Series.

01 May 2015

Foundation Update

Religion and Conflict in Global Perspective

The resurgence of religion in the latter days of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st has seen religion increasingly used as a form of symbolic empowerment to justify violent resistance and give meaning to protest groups. Despite the persistence of religious terror and extreme violence, the popular protests of Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa have instigated a significant paradigm shift that not only has implications for violent religious extremists, but also for how governments should engage with religious actors in the pursuit of counter-terror and democratisation policies, writes Mark Juergensmeyer for our Global Perspectives Series.

01 May 2015

Foundation Update

A Critical Time for Recognising the Role of Religion

The resurgence of religion has transformed the international sphere. Across the globe, religious extremism is feeding conflicts and perpetrating acts of horrific violence in the name of faith. In illustrating key policy concerns and their implications, the contents of this volume can help policy makers to map their path forwards. This will not be an easy journey and will require long-term commitment, but it has never been more urgent that we embark sooner rather than later, writes Charlotte Keenan for our Global Perspectives Series.

01 May 2015

Foundation Update

An Urgent Need to Recognise the Role of Religion

The world faces a scourge that has seen innocent lives taken, communities scarred and nations destabilised in an arc that stretches from the Far East through the Middle East to North America. This fanaticism abuses faith to justify violence against innocent civilians. We need to urgently recognise the global nature of this problem and from that analysis contrive the set of policies that will resolve it, writes Tony Blair for our Global Perspectives Series.

30 Apr 2015

Supporting Leaders

Faiths Act Commemorates World Malaria Day

Every year, to mark World Malaria Day, Faiths Act supports religious leaders across Sierra Leone to spread the government's key anti-malaria messages within their communities. For our network of religious leaders, the need to provide their congregations with life-saving messages is even more crucial.

24 Apr 2015

Foundation Update

When Beliefs Collide: Religion, Geopolitics and Power

To accompany his session at the Skoll World Forum "When Beliefs Collide: Religion, Geopolitics and Power" Matthew Lawrence writes on shifting power, religious extremism and how we might address the threat.

17 Apr 2015

Foundation Update

Read the Winning Entry from our Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Teaching Network 2014/15 Essay Competition. Brent McCamon, from Redeemer University in Canada, submitted an excellent briefing on the role that Canada can play in diffusing ethno-religious tensions in Nigeria.

24 Mar 2015

Foundation Update

Face to Faith Endorsed by the NCSS

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation's global schools programme, Face to Faith, has received an official endorsement from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). We believe our schools programme can be a vital part of social studies teaching and we are delighted to get the support of the NCSS.

19 Mar 2015

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Calls for an Education for Open Minds

Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai Tony Blair said "It is important that the education of young people is one that teaches you to have an open minded view of the world....Schools, including informal places of education, needed to ensure young people could learn about beliefs other than their own."

17 Mar 2015

Foundation Update

Peace Day: Promoting Peace, Understanding and Reconciliation

For UN International Peace Day we challenged students to devise activities and events that encouraged their communities to focus on the idea of peace and what it means to them. All of these events were entered into our Peace Day competition and we are delighted to announce the winners.

23 Feb 2015

Foundation Update

Our Impact in 2014

The scale of our challenge is immense but our mission endures, to provide the support required to prevent religious conflict and extremism in order to promote open-minded and stable societies. Whilst the task is at times daunting, we believe we are making a tangible difference, changing the way individuals understand and interact with the world around them. This is our Impact Report for 2014.

30 Jan 2015

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Calls for Global Education Reform

In an interview on CNN, Tony Blair called for countries to reform their education systems to teach understanding and respect of different cultures and religions.

16 Jan 2015

Supporting Leaders

Call for Applications

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and McGill University are delighted to announce an Intensive Training Course entitled Education and Security: The Challenge of Religious Diversity in Montreal, Canada, 15-20 June 2015.

05 Jan 2015

Education

Italian Government to Further Develop Face to Faith

Helping young people in Italy understand and respect cultural and religious differences.

27 Nov 2014

Supporting Leaders

Video: Bringing Communities Together

Watch our latest video about how Faiths Acts is working to bring faith communities together, increasing dialogue and understanding and reducing religious tension – helping create stable and cohesive societies.

27 Nov 2014

Foundation Update

Strengthening Resilience Against Violent Extremist Agendas

The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation supports GCERF's objectives and is proud to be on the board, advising on the approach of this vital organisation.

31 Oct 2014

Foundation Update

The Need for Global Lessons in Religious Respect

A global drive is needed to tackle the roots of extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says on BBC News.

15 Oct 2014

Foundation Update

Annual Accounts and Trustees’ Report 2013

The latest annual accounts and Trustees' report (8 month period to December 2013) for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation have been submitted to Companies House and are published on this website The accounts relate to the income and operating costs of the charity.

26 Sep 2014

Foundation Update

Response to UN Resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Tony Blair and Charlotte Keenan respond to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 calling for long-term work to prevent and counter violent extremism to stop foreign terrorist fighters.

25 Sep 2014

Foundation Update

Exclusive Tony Blair Essay on Countering Religious Extremism

Our online resource Religion & Geopolitics features an opinion piece on countering religious extremism from Tony Blair. In "The Way Ahead" Tony Blair sets out seven principles of understanding that he believes should underpin a comprehensive strategy to counter religious extremism.

22 Sep 2014

Education

Video: Education is the Way to Plant the Seeds of Peace

Our Face to Faith schools programme, designed for 12-17 year olds, is already active in more than 30 countries around the world. Our latest video looks at how this programme is educating young people with the knowledge and skills to resist extremist voices, and is providing opportunities for students to have positive exposure to other religious and cultural perspectives.

13 Sep 2014

Supporting Leaders

A Transformative and Unique Approach

This month we interview McGill University's Professor Daniel Cere and Ukrainian student Olena Dudko, who discuss the uniqueness of the programme and the transformative nature of its multidisciplinary approach.

12 Sep 2014

Education

Face to Faith to be Developed Across Indonesia

Tony Blair was in Jakarta to sign an agreement with the Indonesian National Committee for UNESCO on behalf of the Faith Foundation. The Faith Foundation is to work with Indonesian schools on a pioneering education programme that aims to help prevent religious prejudice, conflict and extremism.

11 Sep 2014

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Wins Philanthropist of the Year Award

Tony Blair was awarded the Philanthropist of the Year Award from GQ in recognition of his charity work both at home and abroad. Charlotte Keenan discusses how his vision of progress for the issues he cares most passionately about is making a real difference.

04 Sep 2014

Supporting Leaders

Faith & Globalisation Essay Competition Opens

We are proud to announce this year's essay competition exclusively for Faith & Globalisation students with prizes that include one fully funded and two partially funded places at our Intensive Training Course at McGill University in June 2015.

03 Sep 2014

Foundation Update

Response to New UK Anti-Terror Plans

Responding to new plans to tackle the threat of Islamist extremists announced by the UK Government, Tony Blair Faith Foundation Chief Executive Charlotte Keenan calls for long-term action beyond these immediate security measures.

01 Sep 2014

Foundation Update

The Role of Education in Countering Extremism

UN Counter Terrorism Committee and Tony Blair Faith Foundation lead multi-sector reform to enable role of education in countering extremism.

24 Jul 2014

Supporting Leaders

Faith & Globalisation Network Continues to Grow

Queen's University, Belfast, has become the latest institution to join the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's network of universities teaching courses that investigate the intersection of faith and processes of globalisation.

22 Jul 2014

Supporting Leaders

Challenging Preconceptions and Perspectives

It is important we provide leaders with the knowledge, analysis and skills to navigate the complexity of religions impact in the world. We recently spoke to Debra McDougall who teaches a faith and globalisation unit and Jorge Villagomez Mendoza who recently enrolled in a course to hear about their Faith & Globalisation experience.

19 Jun 2014

Foundation Update

Tribute to Professor Ellen Aitken

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Professor Ellen Aitken, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Ellen ensured that McGill became a leading international university in this field both through the pursuit of the academic course, as well using her enormous entrepreneurial spirit to reach beyond the academy into the public policy realm.

18 Jun 2014

Education

The Skills to Resist Extremist Thinking

There is a need to start thinking of education as a security issue. We must do what we can to give young minds the best chance to develop the skills necessary to resist extremist thinking.

17 Jun 2014

Education

What Difference Can Dialogue Make?

Kristen Looney, the Head of Face to Faith North America, recently spoke at the International Interfaith Conference in Prizren, Kosovo. She spoke on a panel examining the question, What Real Difference Can Interfaith Dialogue Make?

27 May 2014

Supporting Leaders

Two Million People Reached

Our malaria prevention programme, Faiths Act Sierra Leone, has reached two million people through household visits by Muslim and Christian volunteers. The programme, Faiths Act Sierra Leone, works by training faith leaders in five key messages about how to prevent malaria. These key messages are then passed on to congregants who carry out household visits delivering the simple, practical advice.

15 May 2014

Foundation Update

Face to Faith Featured in Doha

At the 11th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue Matthew Lawrence, Director of Programmes at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, gave a speech detailing the Face to Faith programme and the powerful effects that this programme has on its student participants.

02 Apr 2014

Foundation Update

Our Impact in 2013

Our Impact Report highlights how we are making a tangible difference, by emboldening those who embrace diversity and difference to defeat the close-minded. The imperative to succeed is overwhelming. Thank you for your interest and your support.

05 Feb 2014

Education

Educating for Peace and Understanding

Educating for Peace and Understanding: Face to Faith in America's schools - Samantha Reynolds is living her dream. In the summer of 2012, she accepted a job teaching social studies at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia—fulfilling her lifelong goal of becoming an educator.

01 Dec 2013

Foundation Update

Education is a Security Issue

Tony Blair Speech at the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council: "The last time I sat here and addressed members of the UN Security Council I was the Prime Minister, the date was September 2000 and the world seemed very different. We were trying to articulate the new security order in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The mood was optimistic; the atmosphere light."

21 Nov 2013

Tony Blair Speaking at the UN for the Faith Foundation

Photo/Mark Garten

Foundation Update

Education is a Security Issue

Tony Blair Speech at the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council: "The last time I sat here and addressed members of the UN Security Council I was the Prime Minister, the date was September 2000 and the world seemed very different. We were trying to articulate the new security order in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The mood was optimistic; the atmosphere light."

21 Nov 2013

Foundation Update

Tony Blair on Syria, the Middle East, Religion and Politics

In Part III of the OZY interview, Tony Blair talks to Carlos Watson about Syria, the struggle taking place across the Middle East and religion and politics

31 Oct 2013

Foundation Update

Tony Blair in Ottawa to Attend the Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Office of Religious Freedom

Tony Blair was in Ottawa on Wednesday to attend the inaugural conference of the Canadian Office of Religious Freedom in Foreign Affairs.

24 Oct 2013

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Welcomes Global Plan to Counter Violent Extremism

A new $200 million fund announced at the 4th Ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

27 Sep 2013

Education

Putting a Face to Another's Faith

No quick fix – diplomatic or military – will dissolve the centuries of distrust and rivalry that fuel the sectarian conflict in Syria, where Alawites and Shiites are pitted against Sunnis with Christians caught in the crossfire.

10 Sep 2013

Supporting Leaders

Kosovo Tackles Tough Questions of Religion and Conflict

Garentina Kraja's adult life has been a mirror of Kosovo's recent history and the attempts of Europe's youngest country to build a new identity.

03 Jul 2013

Education

For Global Citizens: an Education Fit

We believe this is a model for how we enable students to become genuine global citizens, at ease with the cultures, faiths and beliefs that inspire so many people around the world. Helping them ultimately to respect, not fear, difference.

01 Jul 2013

Foundation Update

What Tony Blair Meant About Islam

Globalization will be the greatest force for good in the 21st century, but it will also create the century’s greatest challenges. People are pushed together as never before and the close juxtaposition of faiths can create tensions. Provocative events half way around the world are instantaneously refracted by a proliferation of media channels, on and offline.

18 Jun 2013

Foundation Update

Harnessing the Power of Faith in a Divided World

I've always been fascinated by this part of the world. Its incredible history, its people and its geography. But perhaps what fascinates me most about this region is that it is the embodiment of globalisation. I'm not just talking about its thriving economy and rapid modernisation. It is a melting pot of different traditions, cultures and beliefs from every corner of the globe.

14 Jun 2013

Foundation Update

The Ideology Behind Lee Rigby's Murder is Profound and Dangerous. We Must Take on this Extremism.

There is only one view of the murder of Lee Rigby: horrific. But there are two views of its significance. One is that it is the act of crazy people, motivated in this case by a perverted idea about Islam, but of no broader significance. Crazy people do crazy things. So don’t overreact. The other view is that this act was indeed horrible; and that the ideology which inspired it, is profound and dangerous.

03 Jun 2013

Supporting Leaders

Bridging the Secular Divide Conference

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is proud to support Bridging the Secular Divide, a conference hosted by McGill University.

22 May 2013

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Visits Lagos on Behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Former UK Prime Minister and Founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Tony Blair, has visited Lagos, Nigeria to attend the inauguration and opening of the Rock Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of Christ in Lagos as a centre for Social Justice and National Transformation, also attended by President Goodluck Jonathan.

22 Apr 2013

Education

Face to Faith Students Make Peace

Our global schools programme,Face to Faith, hosted video-conferences with special guest speakers in honour of United Nations International Day of Peace to encourage schools to start thinking about what they will do for Peace Day 2013. Students in India, Indonesia, Australia, the United Arab Emeritus, Pakistan, Italy, Ukraine and the USA all discussed the importance of peace and were asked to answer the question, “Who will I make peace with?”

11 Mar 2013

Supporting Leaders

Former Faith and Globalisation Initiative student wins Young Australian of the Year

Former Faith and Globalisation Initiative student, Akram Azimi from the University of Western Australia recently won Young Australian of the year. He took a few moments to take part in a Q and A.

15 Feb 2013

Education

Face to Faith Honours 23 Schools

The Bahá'í House in India recently hosted the first-ever Face to Faith Award Ceremony in India for World Religion Day, which is celebrated across the world to promote understanding between the followers of all religions and faiths.

08 Feb 2013

Education

Muslim and Christian Students in the Philippines Help Build Peace

Against the backdrop of the recent release of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, Muslim and Christian students from Mindanao and Manila took part in an historic moment as they came together for the first time to discuss ways to move the peace agenda forward and bridge the divide between the two faiths.

08 Feb 2013

Foundation Update

Our Impact in 2012

Read our Impact Report 2012 which details the main achievements and activities undertaken by the Faith Foundation in the last 12 months.

05 Feb 2013

Supporting Leaders

Going Door to Door to Reach One Million

We are delighted to report that, through our malaria prevention work in Sierra Leone, we have now reached over one million people with live-saving messages on how to protect themselves from this deadly disease.

31 Jan 2013

Foundation Update

Annual Accounts and Trustees’ Report 2012

The latest annual accounts and Trustees’ report (year ended 30 April 2012) for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation have been submitted to Companies House and are published on this website today.

31 Jan 2013

Education

Filipino Youth Build Peace Through Dialogue

MANILA, Philippines - Nine schools from all over the nation convened to discuss the recent Bangsamoro Peace Deal through a video conference last Dec. 13, a historic moment for youth dialogue on peace.

24 Jan 2013

Education

Face to Faith Students Make a Difference for their Global Neighbours

Students at Hollins School in the United Kingdom worked for a month to put together an Ethical Enterprise Day where students learned about global issues and worked in groups to come up with a stall that raised awareness of ethical issues affecting people around the globe.

22 Jan 2013

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Launches First Ever Partnership With Indian University

Tony Blair, Founder of the Faith Foundation, was in New Delhi to launch a historic partnership with Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and to foster close co-operation with Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), paving the way for stronger interfaith and religious understanding in India.

10 Dec 2012

Education

Faith Shorts: The Power of Al Qaeda’s Images

If you have ever looked at a film on an al Qaeda website — and I don’t recommend it — you’ll be struck by how Hollywood it looks. Lawrence of Arabia crossed with Che Guevara. Much waving of scimitars and stirring music followed by obligatory shots of terrorists with their AK47s in a desert. However they rate as pieces of cinema, you know how many lives can be tracked back to these websites.

26 Nov 2012

Supporting Leaders

Action for Reconciliation in Nigeria

Tony Blair and Bishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, along with HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, launched new work led by the Faith Foundation, in Nigeria, to encourage reconciliation between Christian and Muslim communities.

22 Nov 2012

Education

Face to Faith Teacher Training Event in Kiev, Ukraine

Introducing Face to Faith Global School Program in Ukraine Tony Blair said that it is impossible to understand contemporary society without understanding first its religious diversity: “Across the world today people of different faiths are having to live and work together. Whether they live together peacefully or not, is, probably the single biggest long term challenge that our society has faced.”

13 Nov 2012

Education

Face to Faith Pakistani Coordinator Responds to the Violence Against Malala Yousufzai.

On the sad occasion of the attack on brave daughter of Pakistan Malala Yousufzai, I would like to salute the students of Face to Faith Peshawar, Pakistan who participated on International Peace Day. This school is also in North of Pakistan. I pray for the safety of these Malalas. Hats off to brave teachers of this school.

31 Oct 2012

Education

Teachers Begin Training for Face to Faith in Kosovo

This week the Foundation is training the first group of teachers from a group of selected schools from around Prishtina, Kosovo. They will be piloting the Foundation’s global schools programme, Face to Faith, with their students over the coming year.

24 Oct 2012

Education

Peace Day Reaches 60,000 people

Up to 60,000 people from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s global schools programme, Face to Faith took part in the Global Truce 2012 campaign. The goal was to achieve the largest ever gathering of individuals and reduction of violence in the name of peace one day.

27 Sep 2012

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Friday, 21 September, Tony Blair spoke to over 700 alumni from Tecnológico de Monterrey as part of the Global Forum on Citizenship in Mexico City. He discussed the changing nature of citizenship in the 21st Century, its impact on faith and globalisation, and the importance of education.

21 Sep 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair:"Protecting Religious Freedom Should be a Priority for All Democracies"

On Thursday 10 November 2011, Tony Blair spoke in Milan about the protection of religious freedom in democracies, it was recently published in The Review of Faith and International Affairs. If you have a subscription to the journal you can access it on their website. You can read the full transcript of the speech here.

05 Sep 2012

Foundation Update

Video on PBS: Tony Blair Faith Foundation

This weekend, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation was featured on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Tony Blair discussed the ways his Foundation is uniting people of different faiths to work towards the common good and help combat religious extremism. The Religion & Ethics Newsweekly program took an in-depth look at the Foundation’s achievements since it launched in 2008, four years ago.

28 Aug 2012

Supporting Leaders

Summer Course: Religious Rights and Rule of Law

This was the second of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s university summer schools. McGill in Montreal followed Singapore. The theme was human rights, law, and religious minorities, a mainstream theme in our Faith and Globalisation Initiative. Though the two week course was accredited by the participant universities, it happily avoided the intense pressure of contemporary university life. The chance for probing debate and free-wheeling discussion was taken by everyone, not least the teaching staff.

02 Aug 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair in Discussion with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Charles Moore

What part should religion play in democratic society? How should democracy respond to the challenges – and protect the positive impact – that faith can bring?

25 Jul 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair: 'The West is Asleep on the Issue of Islamist Extremism'

Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, recently spoke with Charles Moore of The Telegraph about religion and politics. You can read the full article here.

24 Jul 2012

Supporting Leaders

FGI Intensive Summer Course Begins at McGill

Starting Monday 9th July 2012, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is hosting an innovative and intensive academic summer course examining human rights and religious minorities with McGill University. The two week course held at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada brings together Faith and Globalisation Initiative students from our partner universities around the world.

09 Jul 2012

Education

Face to Faith in More Italian Schools

The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and Tony Blair, Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation signed a second Memorandum of Understanding that will see a pilot education programme on engagement between young people of different faiths taken forward throughout more Italian schools.

27 Jun 2012

Education

Two schools in Ballycastle Shining Beacon of Peaceful Co-existence

On Monday the 18th June two schools in a previously divided area of Northern Ireland came together for a dialogue session on co-existence as part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s education project, Face to Faith. The two schools are a shining beacon of co-existence having worked together on educational and social endeavours, against a backdrop of conflict in the Ballycastle area, since the 1960s.

19 Jun 2012

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Launches Two Major Programmes in Kosovo

Rt Hon. Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister and Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation today launched two major new programmes as part of his Faith Foundation’s work.

18 Jun 2012

Education

Tony Blair: Faith Schools Can Help Bridge Gaps in Divided Communities

'NO POPERY on the rates." That was the cry that went up in Britain over a century ago when Catholics sought the same government support for faith schools received by the established Anglican Church.

18 Jun 2012

Foundation Update

Conflict and Compassion | Tony Blair Discusses the Two Faces of Religion

Today Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, delivered a key note speech and answered questions on the impact of faith and globalisation on Hong Kong and the wider region, at a lecture held in the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

14 Jun 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair: "Leadership and Effective Strategic Communications"

On 25 June 2009, Tony Blair addressed the National Leadership Roundtable on church management at Wharton School in Philedelpia. You can read the full transcript of the speech here.

14 Jun 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair | "Speech to Council on Foreign Relations"

On Wednesday 3 December 2008, Tony Blair presented a speech to council on foreign relations in Washington DC. You can read the full transcript of the speech here.

14 Jun 2012

Foundation Update

Speech by Tony Blair at the ‘New World, New Capitalism’ Conference

On 8 January 2009, Tony Blair spoke at the 'New world, new capitalism' conference in Paris. You can read the full transcript of the speech here.

14 Jun 2012

Supporting Leaders

Faiths Act Reaches 100,000 Homes

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s groundbreaking interfaith programme to tackle malaria in Sierra Leone has reached 100,000 homes and over 600 thousand individuals. Sierra Leone has only 102 medics but a huge network of churches and mosques. The Foundation’s programme, Faiths Act in Sierra Leone, is utilising these networks to disseminate key preventative health messages on malaria and the results have abundantly surpassed expectations.

31 May 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair on Leadership

Tony Blair spoke to 4,000 people at the Royal Albert Hall in London at a conference on leadership organised by Holy Trinity Brompton. Here is the transcript from his interview with HTB's Nicky Gumbel at the event.

17 May 2012

Foundation Update

Religion Deeply Important says Tony Blair at Leadership Conference with Nicky Gumbel

Former prime minister Tony Blair has defended religion, warning that a world without faith would be one on a path to "tragedy and disaster".

15 May 2012

Supporting Leaders

Faith and Globalisation Hosts International Day, a Time to Deepen Commitment and Create Opportunity

In an increasingly digital world, face to face encounters still reign supreme. This was abundantly clear over the two days of the Faith and Globalisation International Conference, hosted by Yale University earlier this April. In this, our third annual International Day, it was evident that members have gone from being colleagues to collaborators, and even perhaps from acquaintances to friends. This has direct implications for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s university programme as a whole and for its long-term viability.

23 Apr 2012

Foundation Update

Report: Global Health and Africa | Assessing Faith Work and Research Priorities

Faith communities, especially at the community level, contribute in countless ways to health care. This report provides a full scale literature review of the role and impact of faith inspired organizations. It finds documentary evidence that they are frequently very effective health providers. It also highlights the extensive research challenge that exists.

16 Apr 2012

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Visits Ground-Breaking Multi-faith Malaria Initiative in Sierra Leone

This afternoon, Tony Blair, joined in first hand with the work of his Faith Foundation’s multi-faith malaria programme “Faiths Act in Sierra Leone”. He visited local community members in Freetown alongside Christian and Muslim faith leaders delivering simple yet life saving malaria prevention messages to families.

07 Mar 2012

Education

In Their Own Words- Face to Faith Students Learn From Videoconference with Palestinian Girls School

Two Face to Faith students from Lewis and Clark High School in the United States reflect on lessons learned from a videoconference with Al Aeshia Girls School in Palestine. Here are their thoughts in their own words.

20 Feb 2012

Foundation Update

Tony Blair and John Kerry Debate Religion’s Place in Liberal Democracy

The final session of Yale’s 2011 “Faith & Globalisation” course included guest lecturers Tony Blair and Senator John Kerry (D-MA). They shared their perspectives on the question – “what is religion’s proper place in a democratic government?”

19 Feb 2012

Supporting Leaders

Sierra Leone Work Reaches 47,000 Households

Since September 2011, I have been part of a team, in Sierra Leone that is engaging Christian and Muslim faith leaders to disseminate malaria prevention messages through sermons, community activities and house hold visits.

31 Jan 2012

Foundation Update

Annual Accounts and Trustees’ Report 2010-2011

The publication of this annual report covering 2010-2011, and the rapidly growing nature of the activity we do around the world, means that we're a year ahead of what we are reporting on.

31 Jan 2012

Foundation Update

Interfaith as the Antidote to Extremism

Last Thursday, I was invited to give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations on religion, extremism and foreign policy. We discussed the connections between religion, policy, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and the all-important and urgent issues of religion’s place in societies and democracies. Given the recent developments in the Middle East, it is particularly a question for emerging democracies.

24 Jan 2012

Foundation Update

US Secretary of Education and Tony Blair Participate in Trans-Atlantic Video Conference

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with students from Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, yesterday participated in a special trans-Atlantic video conference with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and students from the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. The American students joined the video conference from the Newseum in Washington, DC.

16 Nov 2011

Foundation Update

Tony Blair says Protecting Religious Freedom is an Urgent Priority for all Democracies

There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. This is disconcerting for political and religious leaders. The politicians feel uncomfortable in debating religion [remember 'We don't do God'!]– it is off our beaten track of financial crisis, security challenges, healthcare, education, welfare.

10 Nov 2011

Education

Government of Philippines and Tony Blair Announce Education Plan for Peace-building Between Faiths

The Government of the Philippines and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (TBFF) today announced a partnership that will see teachers and students take a lead on peace-building and engagement between young people of different faiths in areas with a history of religious conflict.

23 Aug 2011

Supporting Leaders

Watch Tony Blair & Ipsos MORI's Ben Page Discussing New Research on Faith and Globalisation

Yesterday Tony Blair and Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos MORI led a discussion on globalisation, development, and the role of religion in London.

06 Jul 2011

Education

Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Palestinian Ministry of Education Announce MOU

Founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair met this morning with Her Excellency Lamis al-Alami, Minister of Education for the Palestinian Authority, to celebrate the signing of a two-year MOU to train more than 200 teachers distributed in 100 schools, as part of "Face to Faith" the Foundation's global schools programme. The agreement aims to uphold the teachers' communications skills, problem solving and critical thinking through a practical use of technology to adapt the program within the general philosophy of the Palestinian national curricula.

21 Jun 2011

Education

Tony Blair Announces New Education Projects in Ukraine

Tony Blair has announced the launch of his Faith Foundation in the Ukraine and a partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. The Victor Pinchuk Foundation gives Ukraine’s youth the tools and opportunities to become future leaders in the fields of health, education, culture, international affairs, and human rights. The Faith Foundation aims to enrich the religious literacy of Ukranian students and increase understanding of religion in a globalised world.

06 Jun 2011

Supporting Leaders

A Groundbreaking Interfaith Programme to Tackle Malaria in Sierra Leone

Today in Freetown, faith leaders from across Sierra Leone have come together with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for a groundbreaking workshop.

18 May 2011

Supporting Leaders

Faith Communities are Responding to the Challenge of Malaria

The latest household survey in Sierra Leone found that more than 24 per cent of children under five had been suffering from fever in the past two weeks. It also reported that in 2008 only 26 per cent of under-fives and 27 per cent of pregnant women slept under impregnated bed-nets. Only 15 per cent of children with fever received an antimalarial drug within 24 hours of the onset of their symptoms.

21 Apr 2011

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Speaks on Globalisation and Religion at National University of Singapore

Today Tony Blair spoke at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy today. In his speech, "Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalised World," Tony Blair said:"We live today in a post-ideological era of government. The fundamental political divide between left and right is a phenomenon of the 20th century. Today, the divide lies between open versus closed - in terms of your attitude to others, the economy, and ideas of others. The 21st century will more likely be about competing religious ideologies - both within religions and between them - rather than political ideologies."

25 Mar 2011

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Keynote Speech at Monterrey Tecnologico University in Mexico

Good morning. It is a real pleasure to be back at Monterrey Tech. I was here last October and spoke to some of you then about my Foundation, and specifically the partnership that we have with Monterrey Tech in the Faith and Globalisation Initiative.

15 Feb 2011

Foundation Update

Annual Accounts and Trustees’ Report 2009-2010

The cycle of submitting Annual Reports means it is published when it's already out of date. So this report gives you a good snap-shot of May 2009 to the end of April 2010. I'm conscious of how much has changed in the 9 months following - let me try to bring you a little up to date.

25 Jan 2011

Foundation Update

The Foundation Three Years On - Highlights from the 2009 - 10 Annual Report

The cycle of submitting Annual Reports means it is published when it's already out of date. So this report gives you a good snap-shot of May 2009 to the end of April 2010. I'm conscious of how much has changed in the 9 months following - let me try to bring you a little up to date.

25 Jan 2011

Education

Students from the Palestinian Territories, India and the UK talk to Tony Blair

Today on UN International Human Rights Day students from Aboud Secondary Boys School in the Palestinian Territories, Salwan Public Afternoon School in India and Nottingham Girls’ High School in UK engaged in a live video-conference with Tony Blair, Founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. They explored the theme of universal human rights from a faith perspective as part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s global education programme, Face to Faith.

10 Dec 2010

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Welcomes First African University to the Faith and Globalisation Initiative

Tony Blair today signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sierra Leone - Fourah Bay College and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation marking the partnership between the two organisations through the Foundation’s Faith and Globalisation Initiative. The ceremony took place at the Statehouse in Freetown, in the presence of His Excellency the President, Ernest Bai Koroma, the Education Minister Dr Minkailu Bah, Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Sierra Leone, Professor Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Yormah.

19 Nov 2010

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Formally Welcomes McGill to Faith and Globalisation Initiative

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will speak at the formal launch of McGill University’s partnership with his Faith Foundation’s Faith and Globalization Initiative in Montreal today.

12 Nov 2010

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Speaks at Beijing Forum on Religion in a Globalised World

Tony Blair delivered the keynote speech on Sunday at the 2010 Beijing Forum, marking the partnership between Peking University and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

08 Nov 2010

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Gives Keynote Speech at Beijing Forum

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered the keynote speech today (Sunday) at the 2010 Beijing Forum, marking the partnership between Peking University and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation co-sponsored, with Yale University, one of the key themes of the 2010 Beijing Forum, on “Faith and Responsibilities: Spiritual Reflections on Global Issues”.

07 Nov 2010

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Gives Lecture at Yale University’s “Faith & Globalisation” Course

Last Thursday, Tony Blair gave his second lecture of the semester in Yale University’s “Faith & Globalisation” course. The topic for the week was “Conflict Resolution” and the students, Professor Miroslav Volf, & Tony Blair engaged in a spirited and penetrating discussion focused on how religion has and can facilitate conflict resolution and social reconciliation in the aftermath of violent conflicts and social conflagrations.

12 Oct 2010

Supporting Leaders

Peking University Joins our Faith & Globalisation Initiative

On Thursday 29th July Peking University has become the first Chinese University and the seventh in the world to partner with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's Faith and Globalisation Initiative.

29 Jul 2010

Supporting Leaders

Tecnologico de Monterrey Partners with Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Just weeks after the University of Western Australia announced their partnership with the foundation Tecnológico de Monterrey have become the first Latin American university – and the fifth in the world – to partner with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s rapidly expanding Faith and Globalisation Initiative.

01 Jul 2010

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Welcomes the University of Western Australia to the Faith and Globalisation Initiative

The University of Western Australia has become the first Australian University and the fifth in the world to partner with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation Faith and Globalisation Initiative.

07 Jun 2010

Education

Face to Faith Engaging Young People in Pakistan

Face to Faith initiated by TonyBlair Faith Foundation for me was an attraction because the agenda of this programme was sustainable world peace through dialogue between the youth of the world. I believe that youth of the world are the agent of change.

14 Jan 2010

Supporting Leaders

McGill Partners with Tony Blair Faith Foundation

McGill University has become the first Canadian university – and the fourth in the world – to partner with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faith and Globalisation Initiative.

02 Dec 2009

Education

Teacher Training in Hyderabad, Pakistan

Ian Jamison and I happily embarked upon our flight and found the experience from the start an indication of all things oriental to come.

23 Sep 2009

Education

Face to Faith Teacher Training Workshop in Singapore

The teachers that I've been working with over the last couple of days have been really inspiring - although there is some trepidation about the whole business of engaging with religion with their students, they have maintained exceptional energy and enthusiasm, and even at the end of the second day were coming out with some great ideas about how they might engage with the programme in their school.

16 Sep 2009

Education

Face to Faith Teacher Training Workshop in Thailand

Even before I started officially working for the Foundation, I found myself on my way to Thailand to run a training event for schools in South East Asia who were interested in getting involved in the Face to Faith Programme. There were some people there who had already committed to the Programme, and wanted to be the Lead Schools for their Country, as well as others who had come along to observe the training, and get a feel for the nature of the project.

13 Sep 2009

Education

The Launch of Face to Faith, a New Global Education Programme

In a world that is opening up at an astonishing speed, schools are recognising the need to equip young people with the skills to contribute to an increasingly global, interdependent society. Collaboration and communication skills, information and media literacy are all to be regularly found on the syllabus, acknowledged as vital tools for the 21st century.

09 Jun 2009

Supporting Leaders

Tony Blair Leads Final Faith & Globalisation Seminar Of 2008

Tony Blair was at Yale on 11 December to lead, with Professor Miroslav Volf, the final seminar of the course on Faith and Globalisation which Yale and his Faith Foundation devised and set up earlier this year, and to announce next steps for the project. The course has run weekly throughout the autumn term, and has been a cross-disciplinary collaboration between Yale's Divinity School and their School of Management.

16 Dec 2008

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