London Central Mosque, Regents Park London
Archbishops, Rabbis, Imams and Princes join primary school pupils to go interfaith exploring
Today sees the launch of Interfaith Explorers, a new learning resource which gives school children the chance to find out more about the three Abrahamic faiths and understand the differences and similarities between cultures and beliefs they will encounter throughout their school and adult life.
A free six-week programme, run by the Maimonides Foundation with expert support from EdisonLearning, is available to schools in England and Wales and is recommended for children in their last year of primary school.
Professor David Khalili, Chair of the Maimonides Foundation explains: “As a Jew born in a Muslim country I have always been acutely aware of the perceived differences between the three Abrahamic faiths which represent the beliefs of over half the world."
The Learning Unit at the heart of the Interfaith Explorers Learning Resource is designed to give teachers everything they need to plan a half-term programme of learning with the aim of promoting respect through greater understanding of the three Abrahamic Faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
A highly interactive resource it gives children a chance to investigate independently and in groups a wide range of resources and information, including giving them access to images of artwork drawn from Professor Khalili’s unparalleled personal collection.
Participating schools can also choose to enter a national competition where pupils will have an opportunity to share their learning by submitting any form of creative media (artwork, video, etc.) online. Winning schools will win a Maimonides Foundation ‘artist in residence’ to further explore and develop their creative ideas.
Offering the opportunity for teachers to cover curriculum points that reach from literacy and numeracy to music and design, it is hoped that this resource will allow pupils to look beyond their immediate community and build a deeper understanding of the cultural and social context of these three faiths.