This web-based pdf extract from REtoday
magazine, with associated web links, describes how a primary school,
working with some local faith community members, provided an
opportunity for children (and teachers) to meet and get to know people
from otherwise' hard to meet' faith communities.
The following materials give a rich insight into what
happened, what was achieved and what the pupils and teachers thought of
the Multi-faith event for children held in Herefordshire. This event
has since been repeated, with equal success, with several other cohorts
of children, and in several different parts of the country.
The following resources are downloadable from the NATRE website: www.natre.org.uk/cc/#1
A multi-faith event for children is a practical, creative and fun way
of helping children engage with members of faith communities. Encounter
with faith communities is central to good RE and contributes to
community cohesion by enabling children to:
- An article describing the background, activities and outcomes of a
multi-faith conference for 160 primary age pupils from 16 schools,
together with organising tips for schools.
- Further details of the event from the Herefordshire Local Authority
website, together with clips of children's video conferencing
interviews with faith community workshop leaders during the event.
- 'Primary: What is RE?', a
downloadable film about Primary RE from NATRE includes clips from a
multi-faith event for primary schools and gives a feel for the day.
- 'understand, meet and engage with people from different religious
and cultural groups in ways which promote common values and helps them
recognise diversity within communities' (Learning to be safe together: toolkit for schools, DCSF 2008)
- 'evaluate their own and others beliefs about why people belong to
faith communities and what challenges and tensions might be caused by
belonging to a faith' (Curriculum approaches to the promotion of community cohesion, see last link below)