A primary school in rural England reportedly recently learned about Hinduism for about four weeks.
This project at girl-majority Cusgarne Community Primary School in Cornwall was reportedly undertaken to expand cultural horizons of students and as a result they created some Hindu-inspired art which was hung at walls of the school. Children also learned about prayer, traditional Hindu dance and dress.
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 Hinduism workshops 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 workshops 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.
This small school, with Wendy Nicholls as Head Teacher, in the center of Cusgarne village, serves a number of surrounding villages and hamlets. A previous Ofsted inspection report of the school said: Pupils’ behavior is excellent and they report no bullying…limited understanding of the breadth of British society; for instance, those who had visited London found it a strange place.