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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5Pillars is a series of games that are also Islamic educational tools for a range of users to enjoy. Incorporating the best elements of classic boardgames, trivia, charades, and technology, the 5Pillars games provide many learning opportunities for people of various levels of Islamic knowledge.
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Buddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now. A new website, Buddhist Life Stories, records the personal narratives of contemporary Australian Buddhists.
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Initatives of Change, Melbourne, will host Margaret Hepworth and the book launch of The Gandhi Experiment: Teaching our teenagers how to become global citizens at Armagh, 226 Kooyong Road, Toorak on the evening of Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.
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The 2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference will take place from July 11-12 at Mount Lofty House, Crafers, SA.
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On Saturday, an Italian song about the emptiness of Western consumer culture came sixth at Europe’s wildly popular song competition, Eurovision. Occidentali’s Karma, by Francesco Gabbani, was Italy’s entry to the contest, and while the song (which is flush with Buddhist references) didn’t win, it was a hit with critics. The song was the most watched music video of the contest and was chosen as a favourite by fans and the press.
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The role of Religious Education in schools is to help prepare and equip all pupils for life and citizenship in today’s diverse and plural Britain, through fostering in each pupil an increasing level of religious literacy. What does it mean to be ‘religiously literate’? A religiously literate person would have an established and growing knowledge and understanding of beliefs, practices, spiritual insights and secular world views. In the context of their own considered standpoint they would also be open to engaging with the views of others in a plural world.
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