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Religious Education Council appoints Kishan Devani as an REC Ambassador….reports Asian Lite News

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Kishan Devani with REC Chief Executive Rudolf Eliott Lockhart

The Religious Education Council (REC) has appointed Kishan Devani FRSA to undertake ambassadorial work on its behalf.  Kishan will be working with faith and belief communities, and with politicians, to increase their awareness of and support for the REC’s work.

Kishan is a politician, consultant, and former head of religious studies at a school in North London.  He is a Treasury Envoy for the Liberal Democrat Party and a member of their Racial Equality Working Group.  He had previously been a member of the Conservative Party, where he had been the youngest Deputy Chairman (membership and finance) for the Conservative Party in London.  He stood for Parliament in 2015 for the constituency of Leicester East and was a candidate for the Greater London Assembly in 2016.

REC Chief Executive Officer Rudolf Eliott Lockhart commented, “I am delighted that Kishan will be an Ambassador of the REC.  He has a passion for religious education and will bring much energy and drive to our organisation.”

Mr Kishan Devani with Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable during a temple visit

“I am humbled and honoured to be appointed an Ambassador of the REC,” said Mr Devani.  “As a former RE teacher I know how important it is to see a society that understands the importance of high quality teaching of RE in our schools.  The work of the REC is crucial in supporting and promoting RE across England and Wales.  This is so important for helping young people to develop their understanding of the diverse society in which they live.  I look forward to assisting the REC and to helping it go from strength to strength.”

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales was established in 1973 to represent the collective interests of a wide variety of professional associations and faith communities in deepening and strengthening provision for religious education. It provides a multi-faith forum where national organisations with an interest in supporting and promoting religious education in schools and colleges can share matters of common concern. The REC’s vision is that every young person experiences a personally inspiring and academically rigorous education in religious and non-religious worldviews. It seeks to work in a way that embodies values of cooperation, collaboration, openness, mutual respect and critical engagement.