Making links between and across communities, addressing issues of faith when going to secondary school and an interfaith conference were some of the themes explored in this year's projects.
Focussing on three striking faith buildings (mosque, gurdwara, Anglican church) in an economically poor area of Bedford, the project builds on existing educational and community resources to prepare KS2/3 pupils for visits to the buildings and contacts with faith community members, with follow-up. Read the report.
A group of Year 9 pupils, having electronic links with a Solihull school, will travel to the school and join in visits to faith communities in Birmingham, creating a base for long-term links, the project being posted as it develops on Guernsey’s Grid for Learning to enable all Guernsey’s Year 9 pupils to engage with the experience. Read the report.
In partnership with Children’s Services, faith groups and Winchester University, the project will establish a sustainable framework for promoting interaction among young people aged 13-19 from different faiths, with opportunities to influence and inform local policy and decision makers. Read the report.
Modelled on an earlier successful initiative, SACRE will organise a two day event “Going to Secondary School” for Year 6 pupils in five primary schools, coming from many faith communities, which will address issues of concern for them about faith and its practice in their new schools. Read the report.
A major inter-faith conference for all Year 12 pupils is being planned for 2008 (when Liverpool will be the European Capital of Culture) by Liverpool’s SACRE and Youth SACRE and a local community partnership, supported by Merseyside Council of Faiths, Liverpool Hope University and other significant organisations. (Provisional Conference date: June 26th 2008.) Read the report.
Interfusion, the Portsmouth Youth Diversity Forum created following an earlier successful Award bid, is continuing to develop its scope and activities; the part award will enable equality of access for a range of visits to religious centres to promote discussion on spiritual and inter-faith issues.