Faith schools to teach tenets of all faiths
The community leaders and race equality campaigners have been ventilating such schools which they alleged tend to cause segregation.india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 19:38 IST
The fear that faith schools lead to segregation has led to leaders of major faiths issue a statement that they should teach pupils about other religions as well as their own.
Religious leaders have signed a declaration backing the teaching of not only their own religion, but an awareness of the "tenets" of other faiths in schools.
The signatories to the agreement include the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist organisations.
Most faith schools belong to Roman Catholics but in recent years a few Muslim faith schools and one Hindu faith school have come up.
The community leaders and race equality and integration campaigners have been ventilating such schools which they alleged tend to cause segregation.
The joint statement with the Department for Education and Skills says that religious education enables pupils to "combat prejudice" and helps pupils to develop respect and sensitivity to others.
The latest agreement commits faith schools to using the non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education, drawn up in 2004, which encourages the teaching of the tenets of the five major religions.
"We believe that schools with a religious designation should teach not only their own faith but also an awareness of the tenets of other faiths," the statement said.