Here’s a sneak peak into Britain’s first Hindu state-funded faith schoolJune 21st, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 21 (ANI): Yoga, vegetarian food and calm and alert pupils - these are some of things that one can expect to find while visiting Britain’s first Hindu state-funded faith school.
Students at the Krishna-Avanti Primary School in north London have their morning prayers and yoga followed by a reading of the Bhagavad Gita.
Launching into a Hare Krishna prayer, singing, patting a drum and touching the floor in a low bow forms a part of their daily routine.
The four- and five-year-olds also snack on fresh fruit and vegetables in between their schedule.
However, critics have raised their voices against the rise in religious education, calling it divisive and proselytising.
According to Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, faith-based education should be discouraged.
“Most church schools proselytise. It is wrong in principle for the state to fund proselytisation - whatever state or religion,” The Independent quoted him as saying.
Headmistress Naina Parmar at the Krishna-Avanti, however, insisted: “We’re certainly not here to proselytise the Hindu faith.” (ANI)
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