Shortly after the start of the 2015-16 school year the LJRC was invited in to Allerton High School to ‘pitch’ to the 170 new Year 12 pupils who were signing up for extra-curricular enrichment schemes.
This was the launch of the Faith in the Future initiative, in which a multi-faith group of 6th form participants would write and deliver an inspiring presentation to local primary schools about different faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The scheme was designed to develop understanding of the common underpinnings of faith, both for those creating the presentation and for those receiving it.
Participating students would get the opportunity to broaden their skills: learn how to research, create a focused presentation and how to tailor it to a younger audience. The group would need to work as a team and hone their presentation skills – all considerable assets in a workplace.
A core of 7 Muslim and Sikh pupils signed up for the project and over the next school year, with guidance from the LJRC and Allerton High School’s Assistant Director Post 16, Mrs Tidman, they developed a fantastic presentation centered around the life cycle.
Finally, in October 2016, the Faith in the Future team were ready and they delivered their finished presentation to Year 6 pupils at both Brodetsky Primary School and Wigton Moor Primary School. The slide presentation was followed by a video on how to tie a turban and a demonstration on tying a hijab, which was shown on pupil volunteers.
The feedback from the audience was immediate and appreciative and the 6th formers clearly enjoyed the experience.
The LJRC hopes to roll out the initiative to different schools and areas. Please contact us if you would like to be involved.
Here’s what some of the 6th Formers had to say about their participation:
“My comment – The faith in the future project helped me develop my presentation skills but also helped my own understanding of other religions grow. I found it enjoyable passing on what I learnt but also how interested the children truly were about the different faiths in their society. It was an amazing experience and I’d love to do it again! ”
“Faith in the future was an amazing opportunity to go into local primary schools and talk about religion in today’s society, something which I found very interesting and thoroughly enjoyed doing. Not only did it help me with my UCAS application but also gave me the opportunity to work with a group of friendly people and practice my presenting skills. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to people.”
I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this and managed to learn not only about different religions, but also how to work in a team and learnt a lot about myself as well. We overcame a few setbacks but managed to come through in the end. Hopefully through this we have helped raise awareness of different beliefs in society.”
“Faith in the future was a great experience, I am very happy with how the students responded to the presentations with their feedback and contribution towards us. I am delighted that we were able to share knowledge with the students about each faith and the importance of them all.”