As I mentioned in the email I just sent, I think it could be a good idea to meet with Search for Common Ground and learn a bit more about their TV programme where they placed students from different religions together in one house and filmed them. It could give us some good leads on friendship and what seemed to bring them together and what appeared to drive them apart. I will look into this and find someone we can talk to.
Also, I mentioned the Youth for Tolerance project. Youth for Tolerance introduced the initiative starting with swapping 3 students from Ras Beirut International School in Dahieh, Beirut, and 3 student from Antonine Sisters School in Ghazir, Keserwan. This small trial can act as a great pilot for implementing this strategy as a full-scale periodical program across a wide network of schools, colleges and universities in Lebanon.
While on the surface it applies to Regions and Mobility, it also applies to our group too. We can arrange a meeting with Elie Awad and learn a bit more about the experiences of the youth in the project, and maybe even meet with them to hear their stories. Were they able to make friends with those from a different religion/political affiliation? Why or why not? What would they advise us on what could work? Anyway, just wanted to get a discussion going on this and hope to hear your thoughts!