MarÃa de GasperÃn del RÃo, shares her experiences of a live video link up with Tony Blair
Mexico is living in a difficult moment. Poverty, insecurity, corruption, drug trafficking, and such topics headline the newspapers every day. Hope is missing and the population doesn’t see the future path that all this problems are drawing. It is in this moment that understanding the relationship between faith and globalisation matters most to Mexico’s young people, giving them hope in their search for solutions. For this reason, Tec de Monterrey is very pleased about joining the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faith and Globalisation Initiative.
Last week, students of this institution had the opportunity to participate in a video conference with Mr. Blair, who was in Jerusalem. It was really incredible to see people in more than ten different states of Mexico, people in Latin America and Mr. Blair in the Middle East all interacting around the same topic.
Many students clearly understood the idea behind the initiative and acknowledge that faith drives billions of people, giving it the potential to fix problems as well as create them. They asked different questions to Mr. Blair about how faith could influence their specific working areas and also how to positively engage their belief system in daily politic debates.
In the video conference, Tec de Monterrey students came together in this analysis, applying it to different goals, both global and local –to continue passing on the vision of the Foundation that tries to bring inter-religious dialogue and tolerance in a globalized world, and in their own country, México, an almost catholic country, to try help instill the hope and faith that faith gives in the fight for a better and more fair society, as well as easing tensions in the relationship between church and State.
By María de Gasperín del Río, International Affairs student Tec de Monterrey México.