Australian Embassy

Australian Muslim Exchange Participants Experience Indonesia

Media Release

6 March 2018

A delegation of five young Australian Muslims are travelling to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Makassar to experience firsthand Indonesia’s religious tolerance and diversity and share their experiences of growing up in a religiously diverse Australia.

The five participants of the Muslim Exchange Program reflect Australia’s multicultural diversity and include three women and two men from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra who work in education, community development, sport and the arts.

During the two-week program (5-17 March 2018), the group will meet Islamic organisations, community leaders, pesantren, academics and the media. Their program includes cultural and interfaith experiences such as attending Friday prayers at Istiqlal Mosque and visiting Borobudur Temple.

Ten Indonesian Muslim delegates will make reciprocal visits to Australia as part of the program.

“The Muslim Exchange Program builds strong and enduring links between young Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia, providing them with life-changing experiences,” said Australian Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Allaster Cox.

Since the MEP program was established in 2002 by the Australia-Indonesia Institute, over 200 young Muslim leaders from both countries have participated, experiencing Islam and diversity in each other’s country.

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