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Title: 1st Regional Debate on The religious dimension of intercultural education Athens, 8 9 October 2007


1
1st Regional Debate on The religious dimension
of intercultural education Athens, 8- 9 October
2007
  • The Religious dimension of intercultural
    education
  • The main outcome of the Council of Europe
    project Religious Diversity and Intercultural
    Education a Reference Book for Schools
  • - its purpose, nature and use
  • John Keast, UK

2
Purposes of presentation
  • Disseminate information about the Reference Book
  • Identify issues concerning religion, education
    and dialogue in the book
  • Consider the examples of current practice in the
    Reference book

3
Background to CoE project
  • The rise of religious dimension
  • 9/11 and other events
  • New thinking on intercultural education
  • Building stable and cohesive societies
    programme, and leading to Year of Intercultural
    Dialogue 2008

4
Project realised the need to examine
  • role of religion and religions in Europe
  • their contribution to intercultural education and
    dialogue
  • - not just as problems of tension and conflict
  • - but as part of the solution

5
Education also part of solution
  • Neither quick nor easy
  • Diverse cultural and educational issues
  • Variety of European historical educational
    contexts

6
Athens Declaration 2003
  • European ministers agreed to
  • Make arrangements to take ICE into account
  • Identify models of good practice
  • Build understanding by introducing
    inter-religious dialogue as major contribution
    to shared goals

7
Reference Book Contents
  • Theoretical
  • Pedagogical
  • Practical- Whole school issues
  • - Examples of current practice

8
Reference Book Part 1 - theoretical underpinning
(1)
  • Religion as a cultural phenomenon
  • Religious, philosophical and cultural convictions
    and the public sphere
  • Manifestations of religious diversity

9
Reference Book part 1 - theoretical underpinning
(2) Aims
  • Tolerance (strong sense)- respect for others
  • Reciprocity- grant to others the same asone
    would like for oneself,
  • Civic mindedness- capacity to stand back-
    moderation

10
Reference Book part 1 - theoretical underpinning
(3) Other
  • Plurality and pluralism
  • Culture, race, nationality
  • Multiculturalism, stereotyping

11
Reference Book Part 2 - Pedagogical Conditions
  • Cooperative approach - everyone to learn
    together to achieve a common goal
  • Safe space and distancing - for pupil
    self-expression and dialogue
  • Empathetic communication - capacity to gain
    better knowledge of ourselves and others

12
Reference Book Part 2 - Pedagogical approaches
  • Phenomenological- promote knowledge and
    understanding
  • Interpretative- representation, interpretation
    reflexivity
  • Dialogical - sharing the same umbrella
  • Contextual - real life experience and context

13
Reference Book - Part 3 whole school issues
  • Ethos
  • Governance and management
  • School life and activities
  • Curriculum

14
Reference Book - Part 4 Examples of current
practice (1)
  • Varied
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Develop own practice further

15
Questions are included
  • to enable practitioners to reflect on their own
    practice. Examples
  • Could I use this example in my own school? If
    not, why not?
  • How could I modify this example to suit my own
    situation?
  • How could I get the resources to make this
    example work for me?

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16
Reference Book - Part 4 Examples of current
practice (2)
  • Dialogue
  • Commonality and diversity
  • Respect
  • Texts
  • Festivals
  • Music
  • Arts
  • International Week
  • Visits to places of significance
  • Exchanges

17
The Challenge of Intercultural Education today
Religious diversity and dialogue in Europe
  • Not the last word
  • Beginning of development of better practice
  • From little acorns mighty oaks grow

18
The Challenge of Intercultural Education today
Religious diversity and dialogue in Europe
  • Implementation
  • policy
  • training
  • Practice
  • Recommendations to go forward
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