Priority A - Politics
That politicians when submitting economic and social development proposals will demonstrate how their impending decisions will positively affect social cohesion. The government will authorize the Audit Commission to monitor and report on social cohesion regularly and systematically, giving it equal priority with Health and Education.
Priority B - Schooling
That the Ministry of Education for all age groups will oblige schools to teach social cohesion as a “core value”, encouraging children to respect, enjoy and benefit from ethnic and religious diversity rather than reacting negatively to it.
Priority C - Young People and Employment
That politicians will ensure and demonstrate that they are invested in long-term economic and societal strategies that will build hope and a future; that they minimize globalisation thinking and short-termism—practices generally detrimental to engendering confidence, stability and social cohesion.
Priority D - The Media
That politicians will as much as possible make Media personnel aware of their significant role in augmenting or diminishing community cohesion, holding the Media accountable for responsible and constructive reporting as they too aim to improve rather than harm social cohesion.
God is committed to community cohesion. His only plan is for all people to thrive in safe, harmonious, mutually beneficial and supportive families, communities and societies. In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus demarcates the most foundational of Christian praxes—love of God and of neighbour. Jesus defines “neighbour” as “all people equally”. Galatians 3:28 and innumerable scriptures, affirm that all people are equally deserving of respectful treatment and opportunity regardless of ethnic background, gender, economic status or other distinctive.
Both the government and the church are dedicated to establishing and maintaining social cohesion, and both have major roles to play. Therefore it is our strong desire that at all levels governing authorities and churches will work together as partners towards this aspiration. The church by its glad inclusion of people from all ethnic minorities, by its huge voluntary service to the needy, by its ubiquitous immersion in neighbourhood affairs and by its wide-spread educational programmes, has an invaluable contribution to make towards community cohesion and should be included at all levels in relevant decision-making.