IOJ ►Discover Jainism - Launched in Harrow

Posted: 11.07.2007
Updated on: 24.01.2015

Harrow, 11.07.2007


Launch of the first Jain text book for children

Harrow Council Chamber was the appropriate venue for the first launch of DISCOVER JAINISM, the first ever book on the ancient Indian faith of Jainism that is aimed at schools in the UK. This is the first in the series LEARN JAINISM, initiated by the INSTITUTE OF JAINOLOGY.

The launch on 11th July was hosted by Harrow SACRE and attended by over fifty people representing heads of schools in Harrow, school governors, members of inter-faith and Council and SACRE representatives.

The launch was chaired by Mrs Martha Besser, Chair of Harrow SACRE, accompanied on the dais by the author of this book, Mr Colin Hynson and three Council representatives: Cllr. Navin Shah for Labour, Cllr Vina Mithani for Conservative and Ms Anita Luthra representing the Director of Social Services.

Chairman Mr Ratilal Chandaria and Secretary Dr Harshad N Sanghrajka represented the Institute of Jainology.


Jain Samnijis about to start prayers

Mrs Besser opened the proceedings by inviting Jain Samnijis: Prasanna Pragya and Manan Pragya to recite Jain prayers with English explanation. Mrs Besser welcomed everyone on this important occasion and expressed pleasure at Harrow being the first Borough to launch DISCOVER JAINISM. She claimed that Harrow was rightfully well-known for diversity in its populace as well as beliefs.


Dr Harshad Sanghrajka addressing the audience

Dr Harshad Sanghrajka addressed the gathering giving details of the activities of Institute of Jainology and summarising on their mission of spreading the word of Lord Mahavir on compassion for all life, non-violence and brotherhood, and the doctrine of pluralism through art, culture and education.


Author Colin Hynson presenting the 'learnjainism' web site

Colin Hynson, an experienced children’s writer and educational broadcaster, explained the unique circumstances under which he authored this, the first book suitable for children in Jainism. He used the excellent projection facility to demonstrate www.learnjainism.org the website associated with the book. The website was specially designed for children to learn whilst having fun with quiz, crossword, searchword and puzzle activities online and at the same time providing valuable resource material for the teachers. This website is open to all.

Colin then invited the Chair and the Council representatives to receive and formally launch the book. Chairman Ratilal Chandaria joined the group and the book was formally declared as launched.

All the party representatives from the Council congratulated the Institute of Jainology and Colin Hynson for this sterling work. The importance of faith values to be taught to children was accepted and that Harrow was the first London Borough chosen for distribution of the Jainism pack was much appreciated.

Trustee, Mr Jaysukh Mehta presented the vote of thanks on behalf of the Institute and invited all to partake of refreshments in the Members’ Lounge.

All school representatives were presented with a Jainism pack containing the new book as well as additional literature on Jainism. Those schools which were unable to attend, will receive the pack by post in the next few days.

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