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ERIC Number: EJ786122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools: Executive Summary
Santoro, Simona
Intercultural Education, v19 n1 p83-87 Feb 2008
In this article, the author provides an executive summary of the Toledo guiding principles on teaching about religions and beliefs in public schools in Spain. The Toledo Guiding Principles have been prepared in order to contribute to an improved understanding of the world's increasing religious diversity and the growing presence of religion in the public sphere. Their rationale is based on two core principles: first, that there is positive value in teaching, which emphasizes respect for "everyone's" right to freedom of religion and belief, and second, that teaching "about" religions and beliefs can reduce harmful misunderstandings and stereotypes. The primary purpose of the Toledo Guiding Principles is to assist the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating States whenever they choose to promote the study and knowledge about religions and beliefs in schools, particularly as a tool to enhance religious freedom. The Principles focus solely on the educational approach that seeks to provide teaching "about" different religions and beliefs as distinguished from instruction in a specific religion or belief. They also aim to offer criteria that should be considered when and wherever teaching about religions and beliefs takes place. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain