A SECULAR SCHOOL
We teach about world religions as a part of cultural heritage. We cannot teach about the history of society and civilisations without mentioning religion, just as we cannot discover nor discuss literature nor European artistic heritage without having a basic knowledge of religion.
Throughout the school year, we explore different holidays around the world (Christmas, Lunar New Year, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc) in order to learn more about different cultures.
The goal is to learn more about religious cultures and traditions, to develop ethical responsibility, and to awaken a sense of humanist values. With this in mind, in class we may:
- learn about the key texts of world religions
- discuss different belief systems (monotheism, polytheism, atheism, agnosticism)
- learn about important religious figures such as Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, Muhammed, Siddharta Buddha etc)
- raise awareness of the values of justice, freedom, dignity, peace, sharing, etc by discussing a child’s own experiences or by researching key secular or religious figures (Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, etc)
- identify the main Christian holidays and learn about their meaning (Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost) as well as the main holidays in other religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc)
- study religious art (architecture, music, paintings) in connection with the themes discussed in class. We respect the beliefs and freedom of conscience of all (whether to follow a religion or not).