Children of different faiths brought together by foundation
Children from St Vincent's Catholic and Al Birr Islamic Primary schools in Nechells came together this week. The group talked about their community and worked on a joint art project that celebrated the different religious festivals they took part in, places they worshiped and parts of the world their families come from.
The event was organised by 3FF (the Three Faiths Forum) and funded through the National Express Foundation. It aimed to give children from the same area of Birmingham but different communities a better understanding of each other.
The children played games together to break the ice, before working in groups to educate each other on the activities they did with their families, what they do at church or mosque and where in the world their ancestors came from.
Although some of the answers were different between the two sets of school children, many were exactly the same. In response to the question 'what do you like most in the world?' the unanimous answer was going on holidays with family!
Following this the children worked together on art that celebrated the differences and similarities between their cultures.
The event, part of 3FF's School Linking programme, is the first of four scheduled meetings between the children which will see them visit each other's schools and host a joint picnic.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation said:
"We launched the foundation to support exactly this kind of activity. Many of the children that took part in our event live in the same street as each other and have never before spoken or played together. We hope these events will break down barriers and lead to better understanding in areas of our city like Nechells."
Mr Ali, Headteacher of Al Birr Primary School said:
"The event was a great success. Our pupils came back asking when they could go back and play with the children from St Vincent's again. Many of our pupils also said that they would be more confident in speaking to people from different backgrounds as a result of the meeting. We can't wait to show the pupils from St Vincent's our school in the New Year."
Janet Tibbits, Headteacher of St Vincent's Catholic Primary school said:
"It's so heart-warming to see how welcoming children are to each other, they will always find something they have in common and build friendships around that. These events will ensure that children in Nechells know more about each other, the different cultures in the area and thus lead to better community relations."