Ireland to Host Europe's First Tri-Religious Primary School

January 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Malaysia Sun

Christian, Jewish and Muslim children are to learn about each other's faiths when Ireland opens the first tri-religious primary school in Europe this September to reflect the country's changing demographics.

The so-called Intercultural Interdenominational Primary School (IIPS), which is to be set up in County Kildare within commuting distance of the capital Dublin, is different from other primaries because it will have three different religious patrons instead of just one.

This means children from the three religious denominations will be taught their own faiths in special religious education lessons as well as learn about each other's faiths, Mary Shine Thompson, chairwoman of the board of trustees of the proposed school, told DPA.