Faiths Road Show for pupils explores others’ culture and community

Southwell Minster is hosting a second Faiths Road Show on Wednesday March 15th, from 10am – 2.30pm.

Church primary schools from around the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham have again been invited to take part, following the success of last year’s event in the Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace.

Pupils from St Luke’s C of E Primary Shireoaks; Gunthorpe C of E; Lowdham C of E; St Wilfrid’s C of E, Calverton; Halam C of E and St Mary’s C of E, Edwinstowe will experience different aspects of world culture and faith, delivered by St Philip’s Centre, a charity set up in 2006 rooted in the multi-faith environment of Leicester, in conjunction with Diocesan and Minster education teams.

Diocesan Schools Adviser, Jane Lewis, says: “One of the values of the National C of E Education vision document is Community. We want to enable children in all our schools to recognise they are part of a local, national and international community. Many of our schools are in mono-cultural areas and children do not get opportunity day to day to rub shoulders with those whose faith and culture is different to their own. Coming along to the Faiths Road Show will give them opportunity to meet people of faith, explore artefacts and food amongst other things. We hope it will give them a greater sense of what it means to be in community with others and enable them to value and appreciate others with different world views from their own.”

St Philip’s aims to provide positive community relations through education, training and engagement. The Centre specialises in providing religion and belief training to public sector organisations, runs certified leadership programmes for young people, charitable activities and organises community events. The Centre and its staff have received a number of honours and awards in recognition of work to build and sustain good inter-faith relations. They work closely with local authorities, police and schools and colleges, and are also actively involved in local, national and international inter faith initiatives. St Philip’s works at a national level with the Department for Communities and Local Government, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office.

Riaz Ravat, Interim Director of the Centre, says: “Our Religion & Belief Road Show powerfully demonstrates the collective values of respect, acceptance and understanding which are vital ingredients for British society. Our event is creative and innovative. It combines face-to-face learning with interaction through the use of artefacts, quizzes, instruments and food. The Road Show brings to light the different world perspectives which enable schoolchildren to develop their critical thinking skills. I am delighted that the Nottinghamshire schools involved in the Road Show have taken this initiative with the support of the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and Southwell Minster.”

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Photos taken at the event show pupils from Gunthorpe, Halam and Lowdham Church of England Schools, by Richard Jarvis.