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IFN National Meeting 2023: Educating for Religious Literacy

This page contains video presentations given as part of IFN's National Meeting held on 12 July 2023. The theme of the day was Educating for Religious Literacy.

Each presentation was given as part of IFN's 2023 National Meeting. Presentations are included with the permission of the speakers. Q&A sessions and workshops are not included.

Educating for religious literacy- what do we mean by religious literacy and how does RE in schools contribute to this?

Dr Kathryn Wright, CEO, Culham St Gabriel’s and Board member, Religious Education Council of England and Wales, which supports and advocates for an education in Religion and Worldviews.

Faith communities and RE: contributing to religious literacy through SACREs and through educational programmes

Dr Sheila Gewolb DL, Board member, National Association of SACRES (NASACRE), Jewish representative on Cumbria, Rutland and Torbay SACRES, Deputy for Cardiff United Synagogue and Chair of the Outreach Education Working Group, Board of Deputies of British Jews 

Religious literacy in a digital age: media and online content as routes of transmission and learning

Dr Jasjit Singh, Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science (PRHS) at the University of Leeds and Adviser to the Religion Media Centre 

Response: Rajnish Kashyap, General Secretary, Hindu Council UK 

Continued education for religious literacy in adult life

How may special focus programmes in HE help increase religious literacy – the example of Cambridge Interfaith Programme 

Dr Iona Hine, Communications and Programme Manager, Cambridge Interfaith Programme, University of Cambridge 

Increased religious literacy through opportunities for encounter 

The Revd Gavin Wort, Lead Chaplain, Durham University, Vice-Chair Newcastle Council of Faiths and Chair, County Durham Faith Network   

Working effectively for religious literacy in different sectors across society

Professor Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith and Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor of Religion and Belief Literacy, VID University, Oslo, Co-Director of The Religion and Belief Literacy Partnership and author of a number of publications on religious literacy 

Response:  Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Wales and Inter Faith Council for Wales 

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