Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lessons in Islam at Elementary Schools in Germany

Starting with the 2006/07 school year, Islamic religious education will be offered at public schools in Baden-Wuerttemberg for the first time. According to Ali Demir, the chairman of the Islamic religious community, the lessons will be offered in German at about a dozen elementary schools. Lessons offered will be tied closely to the local Islamic communities and local politics. The teachers will be educators of Islamic faith already working in the teaching profession, who underwent additional training, according to Demir. Otherwise,faith-oriented religious education is only offered at a few schools in Lower Saxony and one school in Bavaria. There are about 70.000 elementary school students that are of Islamic faith in Baden-Wuerttemberg.


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