Linking isolated primary schools, improving collective worship, promoting and developing the work of an inter faith forum, exploring primary-secondary school transition and an inter faith arts project were some of the themes explored by this year’s award winners.
Building on an earlier Interfaith Day, the project will set up networks based on particular secondary schools and local primaries to explore transitions in religions and between schools, with resulting materials for wider community relevance.
“7,000 Hours” is a project to improve the impact of Collective Worship in Bradford Schools. Older primary pupils will explore their experience of, and develop ideas about, what worship means to them, and how schools can help them experience this.
The project will link six isolated rural primary schools with two large inner urban primaries, to develop mutual respect and understanding between the pupils, and to generate compelling learning experiences in RE for pupils. Read the report.
The Award will support a Youth Interfaith Conference with a Special Educational Needs focus, involving the pilot Youth SACRE and contributions by young people from within faith communities, the day being recorded and disseminated online.
The Award will support the development and extension of an existing long-term initiative, “Across Communities”, through residential encounter workshops for young people resulting in a resource pack and launch event.
The project will set up clubs for interfaith discussion in four secondary schools. These will be facilitated by a youth/community worker, and will have access to a local arts service to enable the clubs to express and celebrate what they have learnt.
The Award will support the development of the promising work of Torbay Inter-Faith Forum for Youth by covering basic admin, materials and events costs and enabling encounter with young people on a wider basis.