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3FF awards celebrate schools and interfaith leaders


F&BF Communications

12 / 10 / 12

Press Release

Inspiring interfaith work going on in British schools will be celebrated later this month when 3FF’s Education Awards are presented in a ceremony in London, supported by the High Commission of Canada. The awards highlight the achievements of teachers, leaders and schools who have contributed to creating understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs.

The nominees have participated in 3FF’s interfaith education workshops or School Linking programme, which work to build better relations between people from different communities. The awards ceremony will also honour Fuad Nahdi, founding editor of Q News and The Radical Middle Way, with an Interfaith Gold Medallion.

The event takes place on Wednesday 17 October at 6 pm. Attendance by invitation only, please contact 3FF if you would like to attend.

Awards will be given in four categories: Best Teacher, Best School Link, Best School and Best Senior Leader. Twelve nominees have been shortlisted, three for each category. 150 teachers, students, education professionals and VIPs are set to attend.

The Awards are part of 3FF’s 15th anniversary year, celebrating the great work that happens every day on the organisation’s programmes in schools throughout the UK. This is 3FF’s eighth year running interfaith/intercultural activities in schools.

3FF’s schools work engages over 10,000 young people from over 100 schools every year. Its workshops give students opportunities to meet and learn directly from people of different faiths and beliefs, as well as gain valuable intercultural communication skills.

50 schools from across the UK are involved in 3FF’s School Linking programme, which creates ongoing links between pairs or trios of schools.

The ceremony will be preceded by an afternoon roundtable discussion with education professionals, looking at what methodologies are the most effective for learning about faiths and beliefs and how teachers can best be supported in delivering good quality RE.

Previous recipients of the Interfaith Gold Medallion include HM Queen Elizabeth II, HH Pope John Paul II, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the UK HE Mr Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO and Dr Edward Kessler MBE.


Stephen Shashoua, Director of 3FF, said:

“In this our 15th anniversary year we want to pay tribute to some of the people who have made significant contributions to the important work of bringing Britain’s diverse communities together. The impact we have had in schools over the past eight years would not be possible without the inspiring teachers and leaders who help us deliver our programmes. It is very fitting that a special award goes to Dr Fuad Nahdi, a tireless champion of interfaith work, who has contributed so much in both a personal and professional capacity.

Our sincerest thanks go out to the High Commission of Canada for their support with this event. That the ceremony is hosted at Canada House is a reminder that the UK is not alone in valuing its cultural diversity, and that this work has international significance.”

Photos from the 3FF Education Awards available on Flickr

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