FIVE young people are set to represent religion across Wearside in their new role.
The group of Sunderland students have all qualified to become RE Ambassadors for the national Religious Education Council.
Taking on their new roles, Adam Tasker, Angelo Camet, Gillian Butler, Kimberley Sebborn and Ryan Steele, all pupils at Venerable Bede CE Academy, will be joining teenagers from 19 other schools across the country.
The RE Ambassadors at the Tunstall Bank school, who are all in Year 9, will aim to raise awareness of religious education, talk about faith issues in school and the wider community, as well as taking part in a national competition to present their findings to MPs.
David Johnson, RE teacher at Venerable Bede CE Academy, who is working alongside the students, said: “This is exactly the sort of thing our young people should be getting involved in – developing new skills, thinking beyond their own school community and reflecting upon different views and opinions.”
As part of their information gathering the RE Ambassadors interviewed Bishop John Lupaa, from the Diocese of the Rift Valley in Tanzania, to glean his views on why we should learn about the beliefs and values of others.
Gill Booth, headteacher at Venerable Bede, said: “This is about our students aiming higher and consulting wider. I would encourage people to contribute to this process if they can.”
The RE Ambassadors are posing the question, “Why should we learn about each other’s beliefs and values?”, and would like as many people as possible throughout the region to share their views with them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.