Promoting peace during Inter Faith Week

  • 15
  • Nov

Islington is a proudly diverse borough, that people of all faiths and backgrounds have made their home. It is that diversity which is one of Islington’s greatest strengths.

The council and its partners – including Islington Faiths Forum – celebrate Inter Faith Week which takes place in November every year. The aims of Inter Faith Week are to strengthen good inter faith relationships within communities and increase awareness and understanding between people with different religious and non-religious beliefs.

In September, 16 Peace Assemblies were delivered in Islington’s primary, secondary and special needs schools asking ‘What do we need for peace?’

These assemblies were delivered by Islington Faiths Forum in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and encouraged more than 3,600 students (and 249 staff) to think about what they can do to bring about a more peaceful and compassionate society, to celebrate diversity and to stand up for democracy.

One teacher from Ashmount Primary School said: “The Peace Assembly started the year off beautifully with students of all ages being more engaged in their learning and curiosity in R.E lessons. In fact, many students have started to ask when we’ll have more visitors come to our school to talk about their faiths and beliefs.  Thank you!”

September also saw the return of the Peace Cup Football Tournament which is now in its 7th year. Over 120 young people aged between 15-18 came along to show off their skills and compete for the trophy at Market Road football pitches.

Twelve teams competed, with players from a huge range of backgrounds and communities across Islington coming together in a bid for the Peace Cup trophy.  Professional footballer Aiden O’Brien, who grew up in the borough, presented the medals and trophy on the day.  As well as enjoying a game of football, players were able to speak to council staff to discuss training and employment opportunities and sexual health.

Roz Miller, Director of Islington Faith Forums and organiser of the Peace Cup said: “We were delighted to see such a great turn out this year. So many different people and organisations contribute to the Peace Cup and some of these young men come back year after year to play. It’s all about community and is really special to see.”

During Inter Faith Week, young people will be leading a debate event asking ‘How do faith and identity contribute to a young person’s wellbeing and participation?’

The event will include a panel of young speakers (aged between 16-24) from different faiths and those who follow no religion, followed by a Q&A session.

This event will take place on 13 November at Platform Youth Hub at 6pm. To find out more or to register please email info@islingtonfaithsforum.org.uk.

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