The Conversation: Religious classes in schools must adapt to fit a changing Australia

In a nation that is increasingly secular, religion still plays a vital role in the way we run our country. In this series, we examine the role of religion in Australian politics and education.

Renae Barker, University of Western Australia

The role and place of religion in state schools has hit national headlines again in recent weeks. In Queensland, controversy has arisen over a proposed policy to restrict proselytising by students. And the New South Wales government’s religious education program, in which students not taking part in the classes pick up litter or do colouring in, has come under renewed criticism.

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Hindu SRI in State Schools

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Recently issued Victorian Education Departmnet Ministerial Direction MD141 on Special Religious Instruction in Government schools requires publication of SRI Curriculum materials in the public domain. On this page, the Hindu Heritage Foundation post their materials for Hindu SRI Classes in State Schools.

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Bahá’í Children’s Classes in State Schools

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Recently issued Victorian Education Departmnet Ministerial Direction MD141 on Special Religious Instruction in Government schools requires publication of SRI Curriculum materials in the public domain. On this page, the Bahá’í Community post their materials for Bahá’í Children’s Classes (in State Schools).

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Sikhism Resources

On this page, we list resources relating to the Sikh Religion and way of life.

Australian Material

Dept of Education NSW Curriculum Support: Celebrating Diversity (integration of religious diversity, Sikh and Hindu, into K-6 HSIE) PDF

Dying Wish The story of a Sikh- Australian who wished for his ashes to be taken home to India

ABC Splash: Sikhs in Contemporary Australia

Sikh Society of South Australia: What is Sikhism

Sikhs in Australia: Arrival of Indians in Australia

Overview and History of Sikhs in Australia: Australian Sikhs

Racism, No Way: Introduction to Sikhs in Australia

International Resources:

Sikhs.org Glossary, Explanation of Sikh names and general resources

Harimandir Sahib – the Golden Temple: A Day at Darbar Sahib (The holiest shrine of Sikhism)

Saldef – Learn About Sikhs

Saldef – Brochure: Welcome to the Gurdwara (PDF)

An Insight into Sikh Philosophy and Beliefs: Sikh the Truth (PDF)

Harmandir Sahib

Harmandir Sahib – the holiest shrine of the Sikh Religion

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