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World Faiths Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

  1. Complete one of these activities:
    • Visit a place of worship for a faith that you are not familiar with. Find out the differences between this building and another place of worship.
    • Attend a festival or event linked to a faith that you are not familiar with.
  2. Complete one of these activities:
    • Learn about the life of a founder or a prominent leader of a faith. You could learn about people like Prince Siddhartha Gautama, Mohammed, Jesus Christ or a saint such as St George.
    • Find out about someone whose faith has had a significant impact upon their life.
  3. Read a text from a faith that you are not familiar with. Show or discuss how this compares to your own beliefs.
  4. Find out how following the teachings of a particular faith affects an individual’s daily life. This could include food or dietary laws, rituals,
    prayers and worship, or religious observances.


Guidance for Leaders

 Top tips

There are lots of places of worship young people could visit for number 1, including a Gurdwara, Temple, Mosque, Church or Synagogue.

The ‘major world faiths’ are widely accepted to include Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. However, this is not an exhaustive list and a broader list of more religions can be found via BBC Religion pages, which also includes numerically smaller groups, such as Shinto and Taoism.

A useful interactive resource to support young people to explore world faiths is BBC Bitesize, there are wealth of videos and animations which explore specific elements of different religions eg. What is it like to go Hajj, or what happens at Passover specifically aimed at young people.

For more ideas for this badge, read our badge support blog here.


Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


 

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