The London Borough of Newham hosts a special week annually where primary schools are encouraged to visit a place of worship. The initiative educates children about the multicultural world they live in from an early age and includes a training scheme as well as visits to churches, mosques, gurdwaras, synagogues, temples and other places of worship.
The children create art pieces or creative writing representing their new experiences. At the Prize Giving the children were presented with awards for their work. Work by children from reception to Year 6 (4-11 year olds) was displayed, and the young artists were there along with their families, teachers, council representatives and members of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).
3FF Deputy Director Rachel Heilbron, who addressed the children at the ceremony, said:
“It is important to make sure that people who live together know things about others in their community, to understand what they believe, how they celebrate their religion or beliefs and what happens in their place of worship. We know that visiting places that are special to other people is an incredibly important thing to do. It means people don’t feel confused and feel less scared of others.”