The Catalan Ministry of Education is introducing Muslim religion classes at the start of this school year in several public schools in the region.
From this start of the school year, and throughout 2020/2021, several Catalan elementary and secondary schools will offer Muslim religion courses to students.
According to the Spanish daily, La Vanguardia, learning the Islamic religion will be introduced into the school curriculum of several primary and secondary schools. For the time being, only public schools in the cities of Barcelona, Baix, Llobregat, Girona and Tarragona are concerned.
According to the Catalan Minister of Education, this pilot project aims to “guarantee the free exercise of worship” and to “maintain social cohesion”. In this sense, the courses are not compulsory, the registration will depend on the free choice of the students.
This programme is part of the cooperation agreement between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission of Spain. The teachers will be appointed by this same commission. The content of these courses will however be defined by the government.
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