School receives visit from Islamic Diversity Centre

Members of the Islamic Diversity Centre with staff and pupils at West Cliff School
Members of the Islamic Diversity Centre with staff and pupils at West Cliff School

Pupils at West Cliff School enjoyed an assembly with a difference when they were visited by a team from the Islamic Diversity Centre in Newcastle.

The speakers delivered a presentation to the whole school about the Islamic faith, which included information on the origins of the religion and what life entails for practicing Muslims.

They then held a workshop for Year Five and Six pupils and staff, focusing on the difference between Islamic State, Jihadism and the true meaning of Islam.

The Islamic Diversity Centre is an organisation that visits schools, colleges and universities around the north east of England seeking to communicate information about their religion, raise awareness about Islam and dispel common misconceptions.

Daniel Johnson, one of the centre’s speakers, said that the organisation were delighted to have been invited to talk to the pupils at West Cliff.

“We were really pleased to be able to come to the school and we get a lot out of passing on information about our religion and seeing the children having fun learning about it,” he added.

“I believe that we live in a global village and I feel that it is very important that we all get to know our neighbours.

“We get a lot of good feedback when we go into schools and colleges and we see our work as a positive way of raising awareness about Islam.”

West Cliff organised the visit to coincide with part of the Religious Education syllabus that children have been studying during the Easter term.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At West Cliff School we feel it is important for our children to realise that what they hear and see in the media does not always reflect the true meaning of Islam.”