When I was at secondary school, we had an assembly in the morning, with Christian prayers. A group of Jewish pupils had a separate service at the same time then joined the rest of us for general school news. This system allows individuals to follow their own faith while integrating at a mixed faith set-up.
Of the two new establishments, the Muslim Coventry Leadership Academy for Girls said it would aim for a balance of 50% Muslim and 50% non-Muslim pupils. The Sikh Seva School Coventry said it was hoping for a 50% Sikh intake. This is fine so long as it is representative of our society. But the 2011 census results are that 59% of the English population are Christians, 5% Muslims and 1% Sikhs.
Higher education and the workplace aren’t or shouldn’t be separatist and children are unprepared for later life if they are prevented from learning to integrate while growing up. We are a multi-cultural society and that can’t be catered for through segregation.
In the words of Rohini: Grown-ups shouldn’t stop children from being friends just because their families have different gods.