November 11, 2005 VNN8863 This story URL: http://www.vnn.org/europe/EU0511/EU11-8863.html
Britain Set To Get Its First Ever Hindu State School
ENGLAND, Nov 11 (VNN) In a significant development, Britain is set to have its first ever Hindu state school, which was announced as part of more than one billion dollar grants for new school buildings across the country.
Despite the fact that there are more than 6,000 state-funded Church of England and Catholic state schools, 45 Jewish, five Islamic, two Sikh, one Greek Orthodox and one Seventh Day Adventist school, there was no Hindu state school, so far in the country. The school will be built in Harrow, which has by far the largest concentration of Hindus in the United Kingdom -- about 40,000 out of a total population of around 6 lakh Hindus in the country.
The force working behind the project is the I-Foundation, a group of British Hindu businessmen, working closely with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as Hare Krishna Movement.
''In recent years, we have seen a slow but steady deterioration of cultural and spiritual values in the Hindu community. In the 1960s and 1970s, when Hindu communities were establishing themselves in the UK, there was a concentration on material endeavour, and our values were not the prime focus,'' says Mr Nitesh Gor, Director of the I-Foundation, emphasising the need for the school.
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