Sunday, August 27, 2023

How do European schools educate students about different religions?

 European schools have different approaches to educating students about different religions. In the majority of EU Member States, children receive religious education in public schools, either as a compulsory or as an optional subject

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 The European Schools, which are official educational establishments controlled jointly by the governments of the Member States of the European Union, provide a multilingual and multicultural education for nursery, primary, and secondary level pupils
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 The schools follow a specific curriculum and provide religious education classes for different denominations
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 In some countries, such as Germany, Austria, and Belgium, teachers in public schools are prohibited from wearing visible religious clothing and symbols
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 The Council of Europe has given attention to education about religions in public schools across Europe since 2002
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 The purpose of the Education Department of the Council of Europe work is not so much to examine religious education and the role it plays in official curricula but to construct an approach to intercultural learning that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding, and living together
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 The issue of religious education in schools has become a topic of concern in some European countries, and there are ongoing discussions on how to approach it
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