Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.
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The famous, anonymous Serenity Prayer began, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” In this post, we offer a modern serenity prayer.
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Through Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan has set out to help disadvantaged children find their voice.
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SYDNEY, July 30 -Former state education minister and Public Education Foundation chief executive Verity Firth urged her party colleagues to vote on a motion at the NSW Labor Conference that would ensure classroom time would not be used for scripture.
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The St Phillips Centre in Leicester, UK, has a Travelling Road Show: A group (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai, Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, Jain, Humanist). Two members of the centre have prepared a book with reflections on learning to live together well in a multifaith environment.
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Two representatives of the UK Bahá’í community presented to a selection of commissioners and members of the public at the first evidence gathering session for the Commission on RE, which took place on 23 February 2017. The main topics addressed in the Bahá’í presentation were the purpose of RE, the scope and content of RE is a changing world.
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BRISBANE, July 27 – A recent review of religious instruction in Queensland schools recommended principals step in if they see children trying to convert fellow students to Christianity.
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Many young people have never knowingly met an Aboriginal person, a Jew or a Muslim. Research shows that information on its own is not enough to eliminate prejudice and misunderstandings. By engaging children and adults in positive experiences of diversity and teaching them about different religions and cultures, Together for Humanity looks to address divisions and replace them with mutual respect and cooperation.
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The following extract might provide you with some inspiration on a theme of Sharing our Journey. It documents the journey of people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds who have come together to ‘Be the Bridge’ between people from their own background and those who are different to themselves. There are also learning activities on the site. What sort of a bridge do we need to be as we journey in life? How can we enable a bridge? What would break the bridge? Etc.
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Educators, policy makers and thought leaders gathered on the 11th and 12th of July for the second Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference held at picturesque Yurebilla, known also as Mt Lofty in Adelaide Hills. The theme explored at the conference was that of curriculum in Islamic schooling.
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