Dialogue Not Debate

This week Forest School launched its Dialogue Not Debate Project with the Faith and Belief Forum.

The project was sparked from an idea that a student raised about how to have a ‘good’ conversation about their faith with others when they fundamentally disagreed with some of the things that were really important to them; they didn’t want to ‘fight’.

Through our partnership with the Faith & Belief Forum our Chaplain has been able to formulate a project that can help resource young people with the skills needed for dialogue around these types of issues. The aim of the project is to support the students and empower them to produce a bank of teaching resources that can then be shared at Forest but also more widely through the F&BF networks.

The project launch will be followed up with further workshops to design the resources and further develop student thinking around identity and beliefs and skills for community cohesion. The Faith & Belief Forum will also mentor the students in facilitation skills, project design and leadership skills that will help create a lasting and valuable resource at the end of the project.