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UK government launches Educate Against Hate featuring the Foundation’s Interfaith Explorers website!

Nicky Morgan Educate Against Hate

The Foundation’s Interfaith Explorers has been given the seal of approval, following its endorsement by the Department of Education (DfE), and is featured on a new government website against hate.

At the launch of a new DfE Educate Against Hate web portal at the Bethnal Green School Academy in Tower Hamlets, the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan thanked all the organisations that have been involved.

Education Against Hate provides advice to parents and teachers in protecting children from extremism, as well as resources that teachers can use in the classroom with their pupils.

Foundation Chairman Professor Khalili said, ‘We are delighted that the UK government have recognised the value of the Foundation’s Interfaith Explorers resource in the battle against radicalisation and extremism. Contrary to the message that extremists push, people of the three Abrahamic faiths share many of the same fundamental beliefs and there is far more that unites us than divides us. We look forward to our continued collaboration with the Department of Education in this important endeavour in protecting our young people in the battle against ignorance and misinformation’.

Join our webinar and get tops-tips to mark UK Interfaith Week 2015 effectively in your school!

Interfaith Week

Find out how you can use Interfaith Week 2015 to enhance RE provision in your school during the next Interfaith Explorers webinar at 4pm on Thursday 22nd October.

This year’s Interfaith Week runs from the 15th – 21st November, and is a great opportunity for teachers to enhance the delivery of RE in their schools and among their all of their pupils, colleagues and the wider community.

Consequently, this webinar will:

  • Share a range of ideas for Interfaith Week (IFW)
  • Understand how IFW focused RE and citizenship lessons can:
    • Benefit your pupils when they engage with interfaith activities;
    • Embed Fundamental British Values of tolerance and mutual respect within your school.

More info and webinar registration.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Professor Nasser D. Khalili renews his support to education of young people

Professor David Khalili

In his capacity as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Chairman of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation, Professor Nasser David Khalili participated in the Panel Discussion entitled “Educating for Citizenship in a Global World”, which took place at the Asia Society Headquarters in New York on 29 September 2015.
This event was co-organized by the Asia Society and Global Business Coalition for Education on the margins of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Read the speech here.

Watch some of the keynote remarks at the ‘Educating for Citizenship in a Global World’ event here.

Foundation founder calls for a government led emphasis on education in the fight against extremism

Professor David Khalili

Read our founder David Khalili’s thoughts on the safeguarding of students against radicalisation. What is the government’s responsibility in this area?

Without a new government-led emphasis on education in classrooms, we will continue to contend with the messengers of destruction and hate. With effective education we can build a generation capable of living in harmony and ensure that, hopefully, in future years we will not be in the same position that we find ourselves in today.

Read the full article

Register for a webinar about links between RE & peace-making education

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Learn how to use peacemaking education to support the delivery of RE, Citizenship, PSHE & SMSC at 4.00pm on Thursday 24th July.

In recent years, peacemaking and conflict education programmes have been increasingly used in schools as a means of educating children about constructive approaches to managing conflicts. Moreover, the recent Ofsted Inspection framework, which comes into force in September 2015, introduces a new graded judgment on the ‘Personal development, Behaviour and Welfare’ provision in schools.

Consequently, this webinar will:

  • Show how peace-making education can contribute to the school’s provision of the new Ofsted graded judgment on ‘Personal development, Behaviour and Welfare’;
  • Explain how peace-making education can enhance the delivery of RE, Citizenship, PSHE and SMSC in schools;
  • Understand the key principals for embedding peace-making values in your school;
  • Provide practical ideas that you can use to promote peace-making in your classroom;
  • Demonstrate how peace-making activities support interfaith work between pupils.

More info and webinar registration.

Webinar on RE & Values Education – register now


The role of ‘values education’ in schools & community cohesion will be discussed during the next interfaith Explorers webinar broadcast on the 14th July!

Schools play an important role in shaping the values of their pupils. But how do they build these values within their curriculum, extra-curricular activities and policies? What is the relationship between values and Fundamental British values? How can schools benefit from the impact of work around values?

Consequently, this webinar will help teachers:

  • Consider the role of values education in schools;
  • Demonstrate how values education can contribute effectively to spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development in pupils;
  • Consider the relationship between shared human values and the aims of liberal education
    Provide ideas for the classroom that can promote values.

More info and webinar registration.

Religious Education and the new Prevent Duty roundtable

Terrorism Has No Religion

Today marks the day when the new Prevent duty comes into force, placing a requirement on all schools to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.

Following a series of discussions and activities with teachers and schools about the new duty over recent months, the Foundation will be holding a roundtable discussion on Thursday 2nd July with key figures from the educational and interfaith sectors and those interested in religious violence.

Under the duty, schools will be required to address violent and non-violent extremism through creating safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss terrorism including extremist ideas, and learn how to challenge them.  Crucially, schools will now also be inspected by Ofsted and assessed on their measures to protect their pupils from extremist material, and demonstrate awareness and understanding of the risk of radicalisation in their area; alongside ensuring effective leadership, partnership working and capabilities in addressing risks amongst their pupils
Consequently, the roundtable will examine the implications of the new Prevent duty on schools; explore Ofsted requirements for schools to promote and support Fundamental British Values alongside the behaviour and safety of pupils; hear from Ofsted about the approach they are adopting when it comes to school inspections; examine the role of religious education and religious literacy in promoting British values and citizenship; and whether the role of religious education will be enhanced or undermined by the Prevent duty in light of public perceptions that education is now being unacceptably securitized. 

Attendees include the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education; the National Association for Primary Education; the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network; the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (NASACRE); the Centre for Holocaust Studies at UCL; the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education at UCL; the London Faiths Forum; the Interfaith Network; the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life; DEMOS; the Association for Citizenship Teaching; and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Professor Nasser D. Khalili, founder of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation.

10 years on from 7/7 – what has changed?

10 Years On

As London prepares to remember the events of 7th July 2005 our chief executive Rokhsana Fiaz will be speaking at an event organised by London Faiths Foru to consider what that day had on the London faith sector; what has changed over the past 10 years and what lies ahead.

Speakers include the Rt. Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Bishop of Woolwich and former interfaith adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury; Henry Grunwald QC OBE, President of World Jewish Relief and chairman of The Holocaust Centre and the Jewish Leadership Council.

Register for the next Interfaith Explorers webinar on RE & Secular World Views!


So how should teachers handle non-religious views in the classroom? Find out during next week’s webinar on the 18th June.
A significant proportion of the world’s people today have a non-religious outlook on life. However, in a world with people who hold religious and non-religious views, it is important that pupils are informed about different faith and belief systems, as well as approaches to life. Consequently, this webinar will help teachers:

  • Demonstrate how secular world views support interfaith activities between pupils;
  • Understand the benefits of using secular world views in interfaith discussions with pupils;
  • Provide teachers with ideas to use in the classroom

More info and webinar registration.

Foundation Chairman receives honour from Franklin University in Switzerland in recognition of his interfaith work

Professor David Khalili & Franklin University

Founder and chairman of the Foundation, Professor David Khalili, received an Honorary Doctorate from Franklin University Switzerland for his long-standing commitment to interfaith and inter-religious dialogue.

During his Class of 2015 commencement speech, Professor Khalili told graduates that for success ‘the key is to listen to others with an open mind and an open heart, always willing to learn from them’. He added ‘try always to be a force of harmony and unity in the world…Remember, no child is born to hate. We are born as human beings first and foremost, and religion is what we inherit’.

Watch Professor Khalili’s speech.