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Religion, culture and diversity

Today more than ever primary schools need to adopt an interesting and creative approach to teaching issues relating to diversity and difference, argues Phil Champain

In July, we celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. “Education” as he put it nearly 30 years ago “is the most powerful weapon for changing the world”.

Helping leadership teams in the UK’s primary schools find the time, and skill so children can really learn about different belief systems and their commonalities is one way we can live up to Mandela’s vision for a better world. What Mandela won’t have predicted in the 1990s is the way in which society has become more diverse in respect of faith and belief. In this sense it has never been more necessary for primary-age children to understand the perspective of different religions and cultures, beyond traditions and symbols.

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