22 November 2016
Young Indonesian Muslim leaders will have the opportunity to participate in a prestigious exchange program and experience how Islam and other religions are practised in Australia.
Applications are now open for the annual Australia Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP) which will see participants travel to Australia in the first half of 2017, visiting Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra to meet with religious leaders and communities and experience Australia’s multicultural diversity.
There are around 175 mosques around Australia, and almost half a million Muslims. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in Australia, estimated to be growing at about 40 per cent every year.
Almost half of Australia’s Muslim community were born in Australia. Along with recently arrived Muslims, they come from a wide variety of backgrounds including the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. They have brought with them a wealth of different ideas, skills and talents.
In Australia people of all cultures and religions are able to express their beliefs and practise their religion without intimidation and without interference. Australia is proud of its vibrant mix of people who are committed to their country and culture.
As part of the exchange, next year an Australian group will undertake a similar program in Indonesia. This year, the Australian participants visited Borobudur Temple for Waisak celebrations and a Hindu temple, attended the Muslim Fashion Festival and met with several Muslim organisations, leaders and commentators.
The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute.
For more information about the program and to apply, here’s the link