Faith students to unite for politics

A RELIGIOUS society has invited Christian, Jewish and Muslim students to help engage young people in politics.

Three Faiths Forum (TFF) has called on candidates to apply for its Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) programme, which begins in October.

The scheme, which is now in its fourth year, sees trios of students, one from each of the Abrahamic faiths, doing work in communities while being mentored by leading MPs and non-government organisations.

Projects run by trios have been designed to raise awareness and increase political participation in politics among young people from diverse faith communities.

UP programme manager Daniella Shaw Gabay said: “The UP scheme has entered an exciting phase, with more students than ever applying for places along with growing interest from politicians as well.”

ParliaMentors graduates of the scheme will be able to join its alumni network and forge positive, ongoing links with each other.

In 2009 the programme, which launched at the House of Commons, brought together 45 Jewish, Christian and Muslim undergraduates from across the UK.

John Denham MP, secretary of state for communities and local government, and Jon Bercow MP, speaker of the house of commons ,spoke at the programme’s reception in November.

At the UP annual lecture in February 2010 broadcaster Jon Snow engaged the students with his personal observations on different faiths and gave his opinion on the media’s approach to religion. His acknowledgement of the need for interfaith dialogue gave further credence to the importance of the UP programme.

For application information visit the TTF’s mentoring website.

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