World Religion Day
Annually the third Sunday in January. The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions.
World Religion Day was started by American members of the Baha’i faith in 1950. The founders declared their intent to celebrate the ‘oneness’ of religion, meaning the common beliefs shared by all world religions, and to promote understanding of the many faiths across the globe.
Related CCEA Resources
This is a PDMU resource from the Irish School of Ecumenics. This resource contains material for teachers and play leaders working with children aged 5 to 9 years.
Visiting Churches aims to give one example of how two schools, representing both the controlled and maintained sectors, organised a visit by Year 5 pupils to two churches of different faiths in Newtownards. The visits were an integral part of the schools’ ongoing work in Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.
This training programme supports a whole-school approach to teaching controversial issues. Curriculum leaders can adapt the training materials and use them as part of their school CPD programme.
The teaching of Prejudice, Sectarianism and Reconciliation is specified within the Core Syllabus for Religious Education for Key Stage 3, under Learning Objective 3 – Morality.
This resource has been developed to help you address these issues with your class through the context of Religious Education. By looking at the issues through religious stories and sacred texts, pupils will be encouraged to examine their own attitudes to people from different backgrounds.
This website has been developed to help teachers of Religious Education to deliver Learning Objective 4 across Key Stage 3.
Buddhism at Key Stage 3
The following case study focuses on the teaching of Buddhism at Key Stage 3 using activities that promote Thinking Skills and personal capabilities. The case study outlines the activities that pupils were involved in and a reflection on how the activities progressed with issues raised in following the techniques used.