School Space and Cross Religious Communication in Provoking Sense of Mutual Respect; Case of a Faith-Based School in Jayapura, Indonesia


Religious conflict in Papua mostly found in symbolic and narrative encountered, and public spaces in society for all religions to socialise and interact are limited, unequal and clogged, resulted on strong claims of certain religion on life spaces by filling city spaces with symbols of a certain religion. Upon the limitation of spaces, at formal school, school spaces for religious interaction and socialisation are still available at both secular school and faith-based school. Many parents have sent their children to get education at faith-based schools, which is actually different from their religious background. By employ ethnographical approach and symbolic interaction analysis this study aimed to see the impacts of students at faith-based schools, which is actually different from their religious background, and identify the impacts of school tradition in regard to the process of religious socialisation among different faith in provoking sense of mutual tolerant. At large this study found that a school, which dominated by a certain religious tradition has great influence in shaping the characters and thoughts of students toward the dominant religious group, they tend to be more acceptable and adaptable in school culture and learn how other faith practicing their religious ritual, though could not work well for the dominant religious group in fostering interpersonal relation with other different faith to learn from and learn about other religious traditions.

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Umar Werfete, PPPM STAIN Jayapura, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Conflicting perspectives in learning and teaching

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