End compulsory prayers in schools in Wales
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We are two fifteen year olds in Year 10 of secondary school in Cardiff. We started our petition because we think it's time to end compulsory prayers in Wales' schools. Our school is a non-faith school and many pupils have no religious beliefs or are not Christian, but pupils still have to recite the Lord's Prayer in school assemblies.
Schools in Wales are obliged to provide collective worship daily of a ‘broadly Christian character’ under the Education Reform Act 1988. Although it is possible for pupils to opt out with parents’ permission, this isolates them from daily school life.
It’s now almost thirty years since this legislation was brought in and the world has changed a lot in that time. We respect other people’s rights to pray and worship, but we think religion and education should be kept separate. We are not attacking Christianity but want to make state schools in Wales more accepting and inclusive for people with no religious beliefs, as well as for people from other faiths.
So we have launched an online petition on the National Assembly website which reads “We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to pass a law that removes the obligation on schools to hold acts of religious worship.”
We're using Change.org as well because we want to get as many signatures as possible to make the point that young people want to see change. If we can get to 5,000 signatures then the petition will automatically be debated by the National Assembly.
Please help us to reach this target by supporting our petition. Thank you :-)
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