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Pupil project believes in awareness of faith in Lincolnshire

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 01, 2013

  • MAYOR'S VISIT: Boston Mayor councillor Paul Kenny attended the Religion and Belief Roadshow at Carlton Road Academy.

  • RELIGION ROADSHOW: Children dressed up as part of a Religion and Belief Roadshow.

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A CHARITY which runs a variety of inter-faith activities brought volunteers from different communities for a Religion and Belief Roadshow.

St Philip's Centre put on a series of fun and interactive exercises at to Carlton Road Academy in Boston, all designed to help children learn about different faiths and beliefs, including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Pupils could investigate various stalls displaying religious artefacts, pictures and symbols and had the opportunity to ask questions to each faith practitioner. They also tasted different foods and tried on items of cultural clothing such as turbans. Pupils particularly enjoyed having their name badge written in Arabic and experiencing Henna painting.

School governors attended the event, as well as Boston Mayor Paul Kenny.

Riaz Ravat, deputy director at the St Philips Centre, said: "We are delighted to be hosted by Carlton Road Academy only a few months after we last visited another school in Boston.

"In just one day, our Religion and Belief Roadshow makes such an impact upon children that they remember their experiences for a long time after. The event, which takes the form of a fun festival, is a vital ingredient in helping to broaden the perspectives of children.

"Symbolically it also shows them that people of different faiths and beliefs can and do work together to help build peace and harmony."

As a token of the day, children were invited to sign a giant card reading, "I, a student of Carlton Road Academy pledge my support to the efforts being made locally and nationally to strengthen and build positive, lasting relationships across faith and belief communities."

The card was then presented to Carlton Road Academy for display.

For more information about the Religion and Belief Roadshow or the wider work of St Philip's Centre, contact Riaz on 0116 273 3459 or email riaz.ravat@stphilipscentre.co.uk

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