Scotland Introduces New Religious Tolerance Education Program

October 4, 2004

Source: The Herald

On October 4, 2004 The Herald reported, "Children as young as three will be taught the dangers of sectarianism in anti-bigotry lessons to be introduced at schools and nurseries across Scotland. Source material to be piloted in five local authorities will prompt teachers to consider their own views on sectarianism and give them flexibility on how they introduce the topic. Ministers believe teaching children about the issue during their formative years will help to stamp out religious intolerance. Trials will begin this month and, if the lessons are successful, they will be rolled out over the rest of the country over the next two years to pupils aged between three and 18. The web-based resource will cover all forms of religious intolerance, including the divide between Protestant and Catholic communities, and Islamophobia, and will have understanding and tolerance of other people's faiths as a starting point. The measures received a cautious welcome yesterday as well as re-awakening the debate about separate faith education in schools."