RESEARCH ON MINORITY FAITH/BELIEF PARENTAL ATTITUDES TO RELIGION IN SCHOOLS
The Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum, in association with Stranmillis University College, is undertaking a survey of parents/carers from minority faith/belief communities in relation to their experiences of religion (RE and collective worship) in schools in Northern Ireland. The survey, as attached, has been approved by the Inter-Faith Forum Executive and the Research Ethics Committee of Stranmillis University College.
Local faith/belief communities are being encouraged to invite their members who are parents/carers with children at schools to complete the survey. By “minority faith/belief communities” we mean families from Bahá’í, Buddhist, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other backgrounds. If this description includes you, we would be most grateful if you would complete the survey. If you are aware of others for whom this is relevant, we would be grateful if you would draw their attention to the survey and encourage them to complete it.
We hope to gather a wide range of responses between now and the end of March. These will be analysed and a report will be issued. A similar survey was conducted in 2003 and it is planned to compare the findings of both surveys.
The survey is being issued in two formats – as a Word document into which respondents can type their responses, and as a PDF document which can be printed for handwritten responses. These can be handed in as paper copies or scanned and returned electronically. In order for the survey to be effective we need responses from as wide a range of parents/carers as possible.
Survey copies may be returned directly to me in person or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to the address below.
Thank you for your support.
(Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum / Stranmillis University College)