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Religious Education in schools in France and Germany

Religious Education in schools in France and Germany

Exploring the challenges, advantages and possibilities across different models

Exploring the challenges, advantages and possibilities across different models

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Published on Tuesday, December 01, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris have evoked debates among French politicians regarding the role of, and space for religious education in public schools. Secularism (« laïcité ») is an essential principle of the French Republic. When applied to the school system, it has meant the absence of curriculum dedicated specifically to the study of religion in public schools. The study of religious matters takes place across a range of existing school subjects, primarily in history and geography. In contrast to this approach, the Basic Law of Germany guarantees religious education in public schools. Pupils must enroll in a course that explores their own religion or belief system. Do these divergent models allow and encourage students to have an open mind toward the religious and cultural diversity present in France and Germany today? At the intersection of these models, an inclusive concept deemed "Religious education for all" has been developed since the 1980s in the Federal State of Hamburg. Does this model contribute to a better understanding and knowledge of religions? What kind of religious education is taught otherwise in French confessional schools? Organized by Sylvie Toscer-Angot (GSRL-UPEC).

Announcement

Program

9h30 9h50  Welcome

  • 9h50 10h10 Thorsten Knauth: Encountering Religious Pluralism in Schools. A discussion about forms of RE and  their conceptual approaches in Germany
  • 10h10 10h30 Lola Petit: The teaching of religious facts and laïcité at primary public school in France: three cases of observations

10h30 10h50 Group discussion (Discussant: Céline Béraud)

10h50 11h05 Coffe break

  • 11h05 11h25 Sara TeinturierReligious education and religious courses in French Catholic Schools
  • 11h25 11h45 Carol FerreraLearning Religion and Citizenship in Private French Muslim Schools

11h45 12h15 Group discussion (Discussant: Claire de Galembert)

12h15 13h45 Lunch

  • 13h50 14h10 Wolfram WeißePupils’ views on religious diversity and interreligious dialogue in Hamburg. A case study
  • 14h10 14h30 Jana DitzHamburg‘s state contracts with religious communities and religious education

14h30 14h50 Group discussion

  • 14h50 15h10 Jean-Paul WillaimeThe Diversity of Religions and Beliefs: an Educational and Political Challenge for the Secular Republican School in France

15h10 15h30 Group discussion: How to teach religious diversity at school? (Discussant: Sylvie Toscer-Angot)

Places

  • GSRL, CNRS - rue Pouchet
    Paris, France (75017)

Date(s)

  • Friday, December 04, 2015

Attached files

Keywords

  • école, éducation, France, Allemagne, laïcité, islam, école catholique, école musulmane, Hambourg

Contact(s)

  • Documentation du GSRL
    courriel : documentation [at] gsrl [dot] cnrs [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Sabrina Pastorelli
    courriel : documentation [at] gsrl [dot] cnrs [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Religious Education in schools in France and Germany », Study days, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, December 01, 2015, http://calenda.org/349372