UK: How could the teaching of Buddhism be improved in schools?
Observations about the delivery of Buddhist RE to students in the UK refer to Systematic and traditional delivery, addressing the usual main topics : The Three Jewels, (i.e. Buddha, Dharma, Sangha), the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight Fold Path, etc. There is a Thematic strand, e.g. Exploration of religious founders, rites of passage and festivals, specific virtues and ethical values such as forgiveness, selfless and charitable behaviour, etc, along with a Comparative approach : i.e. Buddhism taught alongside another faith such as Christianity.
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The Australian Multicultural Council was commissioned by the Australian Government to examine aspects of Social Cohesion in Australia, and the role of interfaith dialogue in building and maintaining social cohesion. This report examines social cohesion, religion, national engagement in Interfaith Dialogue, and opportunities for strengthening interfaith dialogue. The various topics of roundtable discussion were – inter alia – Interfaith sector and social cohesion, Interfaith and anti-racism, Interfaith education and Inclusion in interfaith dialogue.
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In recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a website featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work. These resources include online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, games, meditations, Powerpoint, etc.
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Project Interfaith has a library of recommended reading for Children. On this page, we append the recommended reading list for Children ages 7 – 10
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Project Interfaith has a library of recommended reading for Children. On this page, we append the recommended reading list for Children ages 3 – 6
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The Green Rule poster is derived from the classic Golden Rule found in major faith traditions, paraphrasing it by saying: “Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.” This is a Poster with sayings from many of the world’s great religious & spiritual traditions, showing that at their core all have an awareness of the sacredness of creation. Study guide available.
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Multifaith educational resources
Multifaith Education is an element of social cohesion and enables dialogue across cultural boundaries. Education is the arena where we build the future of our nation and our social cohesion. Understanding different religions and cultures helps to build a confident, secure nation which looks ahead to the future with hope. The word multifaith is used to mean “many faiths.” Multifaith education means education about different faiths – which might take place in an school environment, a social environment or among people of the same faith.
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Australia’s school curriculum is overcrowded and needs to refocus teaching in early childhood years on literacy and numeracy, according to a Federal Government-commissioned report released on Sunday. The review diligently considered Religion in the Australian curriculum, with input from the ACARA review into Religion in the national curriculum, but made no recommendations.
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The founder of Toowoomba’s Pure Land Learning College says education can play a part in peace, and hopes to build a new university in the garden city to prove it.
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Recently issued Victorian Education Department Ministerial Direction MD141 on Special Religious Instruction in Government schools requires publication of SRI Curriculum materials in the public domain. On this page, the Sikh Council of Victoria post their materials for SRI Classes in Victorian Schools.
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