The Religious Diversity Centre, together with the Auckland Interfaith Council, hosts annual Leadership Diversity Days.
The Days are planned for Year 12 students preparing for their last year as senior students in their school. The secondary schools across Auckland are invited to send a group of Year 12 students with a teacher. For many students this is their first experience of meeting and talking with students from other schools. For many it is their first experience of talking about religion and religions.
The venue for each day is the wharenui of the Marae at Unitec University of Technology and at the Manukau Institute of Technology. The day begins with a powhiri and an introduction to the wharenui and Maori spirituality, thus setting the standard and the spirit of the Day.
From students: “Hearing other students talk about their own religions was really helpful. It helped to break the stereotypes!”
“You got to open your mind to a variety of viewpoints and opinions on the questions that I would never have even thought about!”
“The student interactions were great to see.”
The RDC is able to assist any group in other places who wish to organise the Leadership Diversity Day for Year 12 students from the secondary schools in their area.