What is it about?
Although the separation of the church and the state is enshrined in the Macedonian Constitution, there is a problem of use and misuse of religion, religious messages and religious communities for the purposes of political gain and incitement of hate speech and violence. Statements that provoke hate among religious groups and conflict between the religious groups have been a longstanding issue in Macedonia, sometimes leading to violence and further radical behavior. The PACT project works with young students of theology from different religious communities, as well as with religious schools, religious leaders from respective communities, and other young people from those religious communities. The project seeks to educate its audience on the topic of misuse of religious messages for political gain, hate speech and incitement of violence, through expert workshops that encourage participatory performance, which creates not only a joint experience for all of the participants, but also provides the researchers, trainers and implementation team of the project with perceptions, sources and data.