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Aims of TRES II

The impact of religious and intercultural diversity and of plurality increased substantially during the recent decade at least in the perception. Religious identity is for individuals but also for the society of great importance. Religious plurality is often perceived as problematic, and the different forms of migration enforce this. This social situation of multiculturalism and the intertwined migration, challenges the European society anew.

Regarding this multicultural situation, European institutions, e.g. the counsel of Europe but also the European Commission, stress that Europe should take on this multicultural phenomenon in their education policy. (White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, Council of Europe, 2008; Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools, OSCE, 2007)
Dialogue between people of different faiths (including humanist’s worldviews) within the scope of interreligious learning and teaching, has therefore become a central educational task.
This call for intercultural and interreligious learning led in the last decade to a several interreligious teaching projects and to the founding of organizations that focus on intercultural learning. Not in the least in 2008, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, a massive amount of projects were carried out.

TRES researches the regional differences in Europe of interreligious learning: How does the interreligious map of Europe look like? What influence has regional and historical context on it? What models of Interreligious Learning do we have? What are the quality criteria are applied? How can we appreciate this religious diversity and its richness.
We look for “Models of best practice of Interreligious Learning in Europe“.

Interreligious Learning in schools and education needs teachers who posses an interreligious competence. TRES examines, whether and to what extend educational organizations concern about that. What models of Interreligious Competence do we find in Curricula and are they implemented? What is the „Interreligious Competence for teachers in Europe"? and how should it be? Which concrete models and recommendations can we formulate?

 

 


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Teaching Religion in a multicultural European Society
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