Religious Education

In Finnish School System
  • Arto Kallioniemi
  • Martin Ubani

Abstract

The Finnish solution for RE in public education is a unique model if we compare it to the solutions used in other European countries. In Finland RE is given according to the pupils’ own religions. The Finnish model of RE implies the idea of democratic, civil society, where different faiths, beliefs and worldviews can coexist. The curriculum of RE in Finland emphasises religious literacy and religious competence. Furthermore, elements of cultural heritage and identity are also present in the curriculum.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arto Kallioniemi
    • 1
  • Martin Ubani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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