Elham Asaad Buaras
An independent Muslim primary school in Newham recently held a series of events to mark Inter-Faith Week (November 17 to 23), with an exhibition featuring six major world religions for the pupils and visitors.
In addition to assemblies and classroom activities, representatives from the different world faiths came to the AlifAcademy to talk about their faith to the pupils and answered their questions.
Among the guests were Rachel Wood from Bet Tikvah Synangogue in NewburyPark who showed a range of Jewish artifacts, including blowing from a ram’s horn. Darshan Singh and Sukhdev Singh from Ramgarhia Gurdwara in Forest Gate showed the pupils how to tie a turban in the Sikh style.
Headteacher, Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad, told The Muslim News; “It is important that we learn about other religions, especially from members of those religions, so we understand how and why they practise their religions. This will prepare us well to live harmoniously in an increasingly multi-cultural society.”
In September, AlifAcademy celebrated World Peace Day with people of other faiths. The school is very keen to engage with the wider community and for its pupils to learn about other faiths in addition to their own to enrich and broaden their knowledge.