Pupils from Grace Academy and Abu Bakr Boys School met with the Mayor of Walsall this week as part of a linking scheme which aims to develop understanding between students of different faiths, beliefs and cultures.
Walsall’s Mayor, Cllr Marco Longhi welcomed the students into the Mayoral Parlour and Council Chamber. During their stay the students learned about local democracy and the role of the council. Speaking about the visit, the Mayor said:
“It was a privilege to host staff and pupils from the two partner schools at the Council House. Young people were given a unique insight into local democracy and how the Council functions. We were also able to explore British Values and the crucial role that Walsall’s younger generation has in ensuring that the town remains a safe and welcoming environment for all people of whatever faith, culture and background.”
The linking scheme is run by 3FF (the Three Faiths Forum) which organises links locally and nationally.
Rich Pringle, 3FF West Midlands Programmes Coordinator commented:
“There can be a lot of misconceptions and assumptions held around faith, belief and culture but by providing opportunities for encounter we hope to break down these barriers and build greater understanding between students.”
Councillor Ian Shires added:
“School linking programmes are an important recommendation of Walsall Council’s Cohesion and Integration Strategy and we are pleased to be able to support partners such as the Three Faiths Forum in developing lasting partnerships between schools.”