Sikhism is based on the teachings of Guru Nanak, and the nine Gurus who followed him - include Sikh girls in your unit

What is Sikhism?

Sikhism is based on the teachings of its founder Guru Nanak, and the nine Gurus who followed him.


Sikhs believe that there is one God, without physical form or gender. God is in every one of us and everybody is equal before God. Sikhs are not permitted to worship icons, images or idols.

The Sikh building of worship is called a gurdwara, meaning residence or door to the Guru.

'Guru' now refers to the scriptures called The Guru Granth Sahib.

Points to consider

Many Sikhs are vegetarian and may also abstain from milk and eggs. See our guidance on dietary requirements to make sure that all dietary needs are catered for.

Sikh members may need to pray during residential events. Discuss with them what support and resources they may need to accommodate this, including a quiet space and time away from activities.

Things you can do in your unit

Developing your beliefs is part of the Promise, so if there is a Sikh girl or volunteer in your unit take this as an opportunity to learn more. You could:

  • ask a parent, volunteer, girl or young women to lead a session on Sikhism
  • visit a Gurdwara
  • learn about a Sikh festival such as Gurpurbs - festivals associated with the lives of the Gurus
  • read one of the janam sakhis, a set of stories about Guru Nanak