Date published: 25 June 2012
Thirty Politics and Religious Studies students from Rochdale Sixth Form College were chosen to meet the Nobel Peace Prize winner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Politics and Religious Studies students from Rochdale Sixth Form College were chosen to meet the Nobel Peace Prize winner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama in person to listen to his message of non-violence and compassion in the wake of last summer's riots in Manchester and Salford.
It was the first time Dalai Lama had visited Manchester since July 1996, when he addressed thousands in the final public event at the Free Trades Hall.
The Rochdale students left the event enthused and informed after listening to this globally recognised spiritual and moral authority.
Politics teacher, James Davidson commented: “The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to the teachings of Dalai Lama, in particular his reference to conflict and peace in the 21st century, which is a key component of our syllabus.
"Opportunities like this don’t come very often and I’m delighted that we were able to offer this to our students.”
The Rochdale Sixth Form College students joined thousands of people at the Manchester Arena as part of the Dalai Lama's three-day visit to the city.
Rochdale Sixth Form College offers comprehensive Religious Studies and Politics A Level courses covering topics including pacifism, ethical theory, peacekeeping and globalisation.