…. In the second year of Religious Studies, we have a Work Based Learning module where, for 20 days (either throughout the year or at the end), you have to go to a place of work of your choice, to help you gain experience with what you want to do when you leave Uni. For example if you want to be a teacher you would go to a school, if you wanted to be a councillor you would maybe join Samaritans or something similar. Unfortunately I still am undecided on what career I would like to go into when I finish my course (at the moment counselling is coming up on top).
So when one of my lecturers mentioned that a Tibetan Buddhist Monk named Ani Chozang was looking for help with a project of hers that involved trying to teach Buddhism to KS3, maybe even KS4, students I was immediately interested! The first thing that drew me was the thought ‘yay maybe you can finally make sense of buddhism‘ and the thought of helping younger children understand one of the world religions is definitely something which excited me.
Back to this AWESOME meeting! Ani Chozang explained to me that, unfortunately, high schools don’t really have enough resources to help their pupils understand Buddhism and what they do have, is not very visually appealing, so the plan is to make and publish A2 size canvas posters that will depict the different key beliefs in Buddhism, such as karma, dharma etc.
This is great news, not just for me, but teachers and pupils alike from across the country! Buddhism is severely lacking in resources and although it predates christianity by about 500 years, has only starting coming over to Britain in the past 200 years.
I will keep you all updated on how the project is going and hopefully post a few picture of my brilliant(!) artwork. 😛
Write to you soon! 🙂