The Week is a great opportunity for pupils to explore inter faith issues and for schools to build relationships with faith, belief and inter faith groups in their community
Here are some things you might want to consider doing this year:
- Work with your local inter faith group and SACRE to host a special virtual ‘Question Time’ via a social media platform
- Organise an exhibition in your school featuring information and objects about a range of religions and beliefs reflecting your local population
- Celebrate the Week on your website, perhaps have a series of short videos where pupils share what they have learned in RE
- Organise a virtual tour of local places of worship to investigate the importance of faith in the lives of believers in your community
- Create an Inter Faith Week poster, artwork or multifaith calendar
- Host a dialogue about a topic such as ‘shared values’ or how people of different faiths and beliefs can live well together at a lunch time event
- Invite local MPs/councillors to an RE lesson to see how faith is studied and/or to discuss the importance of learning about others’ beliefs, Covid-19 restrictions permitting
- Make a video of events at your school held for Inter Faith Week
If you have specific questions or ideas you’d like to discuss, please email IFN’s Assistant Director at email@example.com.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN), which leads on Inter Faith Week, has produced free resources for Primary schools (ages 9-11) and Secondary schools (ages 11-14) that are specifically about inter faith activity in the UK. These are designed for use at any time of the year, but are well suited to use as part of Inter Faith Week. Both are also available on the TES website free of charge. The Primary resource was published in 2019 and the Secondary resource in 2021.
A poster showing examples of 'the Golden Rule' from different faith traditions can also be downloaded from the IFN website.
Inter Faith Week activities for Primary Schools This material was first produced by NATRE in 2009 amd was updated in 2018. It includes both whole school and classroom RE activities. This resource is also available from the TES website.
Inter Faith Week activities for Secondary Schools This material was first produced by NATRE in 2009 amd was updated in 2018. It includes both whole school and classroom RE activities. This resource is also available from the TES website.
IFN's publication Connect: a youth inter faith action guide also contains relevant information, particularly for pupils at Key Stage 4 and 5 ages.
Further support may also be available locally through your RE Adviser, Lead/AST RE teachers or local SACRE. The resources below can be used to organise activities during Inter Faith Week itself, or throughout the year to support your schools' work to promote good inter faith relations within your community.
Photo: Pupils from St Anne’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Sunderland visiting Newcastle Hindu Temple in Inter Faith Week 2019
Published 18 May 2021