St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Bridport in South West England (United Kingdom) celebrated “Hindu Day” recently complete with blowing a conch shell.
Dressed-up in Hindu costumes, students learnt about respect within Hindu religion, attended a sample Hindu wedding and participated in Indian dance on this Day in May. “The children are all now engaged in doing follow up work to find out more about Hinduism, having had an inspirational start”, school website says.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “step in the right direction”. He stressed the need of organizing Hindu Day in all the primary schools of United Kingdom (UK) where children should learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that awareness about other religions thus created by organizing such days would make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the society.
Spiritual development is an important element of education in this St Mary’s Church of England Primary School where Hinduism is also taught under Religious Education. Helen Farmer is the Headteacher while Janet Tolley and Chris Causon are Chair and Vice Chair respectively of its Governing Body, whose children are aged between 4-11 years. Stunning countryside and charming rolling hills surround Bridport, which is known for making hangman’s rope.