FOUR hundred young people at Grantham College learned about several different world religions and beliefs under one roof as the ‘Religion & Belief Roadshow’ visited Grantham College on Thursday.
St Philip’s Centre, a charity which works to build good inter faith relations through a programme of activities and courses, brought a team made up of different religious and belief communities to the college where they had the opportunity to engage with students on a wide range of subjects.
The roadshow also witnessed a series of fun and interactive exercises designed to help students learn about different religions and beliefs.
These included Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The college’s chaplaincy team were involved in the day.
The event included food sampling, henna painting, an interactive quiz and a clothing zone where students had the opportunity to wear items of dress associated with different faiths and cultures. Students also had the opportunity to sample food items associated with the various communities. Several stalls were available throughout the day where students observed artefacts, other display items and asked questions about the respective world views.
As a token of the day, students were encouraged to sign a giant card which supported the importance of inter faith relations and the need for respect, acceptance and understanding in society.
The card was presented to the college for display.
Principal and Chief Executive of Grantham College, Linda Houtby, said: “The multi-faith roadshow, organised by the St Philip’s Centre, has been a huge success for us here at Grantham College.
“ One of the College’s core values is to respect and value the diversity of our college and our communities and this roadshow really helped to make this a real and tangible ambition for our students and staff.
“ I was impressed by the level of engagement shown by our students and this was truly facilitated by the volunteers, the activities, displays and meaningful discussions.
“It was fascinating to observe different groups of students talking about matters of faith, belief and no belief in such an articulated way. The feedback from staff and students has been hugely positive”.
Interim Director of St Philip’s Centre Riaz Ravat added, “Our United Kingdom is a proud home to so many of the world’s religions and beliefs. We have the freedoms and opportunities to show that diversity can draw together rather than divide and so our collective presence was very powerful. The roadshow has visited many schools and colleges in Lincolnshire but this was our first trip to Grantham College.
“The students engaged very well on a whole host of national and international issues. It was an encouraging day”.
St Philip’s Centre is a charity set up in 2006 and is rooted in the multi-faith environment of Leicester, the UK’s most ethnically diverse city.