Young people talk religion in Parliament

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A GROUP of Wearside youngsters have taken their voice to Westminster.

Sunderland’s RE Ambassadors travelled to London to talk to MPs about the importance of religious education at secondary level.

The group members, who are all pupils at The Venerable Bede Academy, beat off competition from other RE Ambassadors across the country to win the trip to the capital.

During a two-hour gathering in the House of Commons, including members of the RE Council for England and Wales, the young people spoke about the important contribution RE makes to the social, spiritual, moral and cultural development of young people.

Kimberly Sebborn, 14, one of the Sunderland RE Ambassadors, said: “Religious issues are all around us. Therefore, by having the space and time in the school day to explore other people’s beliefs, we can learn to better understand each other.”

Headteacher Gill Booth said, “I am very proud of our students. They represented not only the school but young people throughout the North East.

“I would like to thank the RE Council for giving our students the chance to have a voice in Parliament.”