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Ladywood Interfaith Education Project
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The Ladywood Interfaith Education Project (LIEP) is based in inner-city Birmingham. Initiated by St John & St Peter’s Parish Church, it is a partnership between four local places of faith and schools in the Birmingham area since 1999.

The aims of LIEP are:

- Nurture understanding and celebration of different faiths and beliefs among school children.

- Build on the partnerships of the communities of the four sacred spaces.

- Create opportunities for children to explore something of their personal spirituality.

- Enhance Religious Education syllabus of the schools involved.


The Project is supported by the wider congregations and membership of the four faith groups and the qualities of respect and relationship fostered the communities involved are evident to children who visit with their classes.

The faith group involved in the projects are St John and St Peter's Church , Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Dhammatalaka Peace Pagoda, and Marjid-e-Usman Mosque. 

Each faith is explored in its own sacred building by volunteer professional teachers and volunteer professional artists of that faith. Teaching and workshops include story, drama, art, music and appreciation of sacred space.

The LIEP develops sessions for pupils with additional needs, sensory stories, experiencing the environment of sacred spaces, exploration, drama and role play, music, silence and art with a variety of media.
 
Classes visit one or two of the sacred places, exploring themes chosen by their schools in accordance with their RE Syllabus.

We are a small non-profit making organisation, the faith communities offer their building for our use and storage of resources either free of charge or a minimal contribution towards heating. Schools pay a small fee per pupil to cover cost of resources and refreshments.

The LIEP is sustained by small grants from funding trusts including: Westhill Endowment, St Martins Trustees.

 
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