Since the National Diversity Awards 2013 when we were finalists in the ‘race, religion & faith category’, St Philip’s Centre has further developed its work with young people by working creatively to embed issues of religion and belief diversity into everyday life.
Together with Leicester College, we developed the ‘All for One & One for All’ project to help integrate issues of religion and belief diversity into the curriculum. The project focuses on two areas in particular, construction and hospitality. The project engenders an appreciation of religions/beliefs, celebrates diversity and helps learners and staff to understand the economic and business benefits which diversity brings. This is a vital aspect of the project because it helps to equip the students for their future careers.
The project also challenges areas of prejudice and stereotyping perpetuated by extremist and racist groups, by developing the critical thinking of learners and staff and provide a safe space for staff and learners to talk about and address topical issues such as honour-based violence and forced marriage.
All for One & One for All involves tutorials, exhibitions, visits and trips to places of worship. The project is supported by Leicester College’s multi-faith chaplaincy service and has been funded by the Skills Funding Agency and NIACE.
This is one of our most innovative and exciting project partnerships with Leicester College. By working with students we have developed an intensive programme of education which is interactive and provides them with the skills and knowledge to benefit from the huge potential markets which Leicester offers whether it is in the construction trade or in catering. Understanding diversity can provide a significant economic boost to any organisation and this project was set up to help students before they embark on their chosen careers.
Riaz Ravat, Deputy Director, St Philip’s Centre