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16 October 2014
BBC Northern Ireland Learning - Citizenship - KS3/KS4

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This section provides material to accompany the activities in the Religion section of the site.

(1) Viewpoint: importance of learning about religions within citizenship
(2) Fast facts: further information on seven world religions

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  • Viewpoint

  • Norman Richardson is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Co-ordinator for Diversity & Mutual Understanding Programmes at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, where most of his current work is with student teachers.

    He previously worked for over a decade in a cross-community project developing diversity resources and training for schools of all kinds in N. Ireland. As a member of the Corrymeela Community and the N.I. Inter-Faith Forum he has a long-standing involvement in inter-church and inter-faith issues. He has written and lectured regularly in the field of religious and cultural diversity.

    Norman Richardson

    Norman Richardson shares some thoughts with teachers on why it is important to learn about religions within citizenship.

    "Some people are uncomfortable about discussing religion, fearing that religious disagreement will quickly lead to offence and aggression, inflaming racism and sectarianism…" Read more in Education for citizenship – why learn about religions?

  • Fast facts

  • Further information is provided below on the seven religions featured in the Fast facts area. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents. If you need to download Acrobat Reader you can get details here.

    Baha'ism>> Buddhism>> Christianity >>
    Hinduism>> Islam>> Judaism>>
    Sikhism>> All seven religions>>   

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