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/ 24 November 2011

Students take interfaith dialogue into schools.

Students from the different faith societies at the London School of Economics visited two local Church of England primary schools as part of the LSE’s Interfaith Week programme.

Students representing Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism took assemblies and visited classes at Clement Dane School on Drury Lane and St George the Martyr School on Holborn, both of which themselves have a diverse religious makeup. Led by the LSE Chaplain, the Revd Dr James Walters, they presented to school assemblies about objects used to aid prayer in the different faith traditions and discussed their different understandings of God with the children.

Dr Walters said:

"At the LSE our students come from 145 countries and represent all the major world religions. So good interfaith dialogue that builds trust and understanding is essential to our campus life. We wanted to take that dialogue into our local community where children are growing up in an equally multi-faith society and need role models to see that you can be confident in your own faith but also open to others."

Angela Abrahams, headteacher of Clement Dane School said:

"It was lovely that the children had representation of their own particular faith but also that the students demonstrated the similarities in prayer between so many faiths."

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