UNCRC Article 14 (freedom of thought, belief and religion)
Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Our children today had the opportunity to visit the Hindu Temple in Newcastle where we learned that Hinduism is over 4,000 years old and is the oldest religion in the world. We discovered that Hindus believe in one God, Brahman, but the millions of qualities that Brahman has are represented by many different gods and goddesses. The Hindu Priest told us that going to worship at a shrine is like visiting the gods and goddesses, and the Hindu Temple is the centre for the community and worship. When a Hindu enters the Temple to pray, they ring a bell to awaken god, then bow and pray to the statues to ask for help or to thank them.
We met Shiva – the creator; the monkey god Hanuman – for strength; Ganesh the elephant god – for intelligence; 3 of many gods within the Temple. We even joined in with the Puja (Hindu prayer).
We all had a superb at the Hindu Temple, and the Priest has welcomed us all back anytime.