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Religious Education in Wales could face revamp

04/08/2015 Joanna
Religious Education in Wales could be set to undergo an overhaul as part of a bid to combat extremism.

Education minister Huw Lewis told the Welsh Assembly that the subject may be renamed 'religion, philosophy and ethics', with pupils encouraged to study ideas around morality, citizenship and what it means to be a citizen of a free country.

The move follows a review of the Welsh curriculum by Professor Graham Donaldson, who stated that there should be an emphasis on Welsh pupils being "ethical, informed citizens of the world".

Jay Harman, an education campaigner at the British Humanist Association, commented: "Philosophy and ethics have long been neglected in schools, and it's tremendously encouraging to know that the Welsh Government is of exactly the same opinion." 

However, he also warned against diluting the quality of teaching, as educating people about the beliefs of others plays an essential role in community cohesion, as well as literary, historical and cultural education.

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