Kirkby school children experience different world religions at festival

Inter-faith Festival at Morven Park Primary School. Kian Toon-Poynton meets up with Sharen Ravat.
Inter-faith Festival at Morven Park Primary School. Kian Toon-Poynton meets up with Sharen Ravat.
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Different world religions have come together under one roof to celebrate an inter-faith festival.

Children at Morven Park Primary School were treated to a visit from representatives of several different religions at a Religion and Belief Roadshow.

St Phillips Centre, a charity which runs a variety of inter-faith activities, put on a wide programme of activities from different faith communities.

School children took part in food sampling, henna and finger painting.

Two tents were also set up for children to wear items of clothing associated with different faiths and cultures and one to house different cultural food samples.

Several stalls were set up for children to observe artefacts, other display items and to ask questions of the respective world views.

Riaz Ravat, deputy director of St Philip’s Centre, said: “We are delighted to be hosted by Morven Park Primary School.

“In just one day, our Religion & 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.”

The faiths that the children learnt about on the day included Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Steven Kirby, from the school, said: “It was a lovely day and everybody was so positive about it.

“The group were from Leicester but they said they had really enjoyed coming to meet Nottinghamshire.

“We wanted to encourage the children to ask questions and have the ability to see lots of new and different things.”

The event took place on 5th July.