of the Coordinating Group for Religion in Education in Europe

adopted by CoGREE steering group Crêt Berard 20 January 2007


Education and Religion in a European Context

A. Starting points

  1. Co-existence among people from different cultural backgrounds is clearly dominated by their religious and non-religious worldviews. Becoming acquainted with diversity is a matter of learning and should be facilitated by the public education system.
  2. Awareness of the importance of religion both for individual human development and for common life in society has become increasingly significant during the past few years.

B. Education and Religion

  1. Education that takes no account of the religious explanation of human and spiritual experience of humanity is ipso facto incomplete.
  2. Concepts and ideas aimed at the development of the education systems of Europe must take account of religious education. This implies the existence of a dialogue with the religious communities in this field.

C. What Religious Education can offer

  1. Religious education is of relevance to the educational system in general and it is observed in different ways according to the specific national and regional context and its history.
  2. Religious education is an essential factor in any education that is designed to produce autonomous and active people. It should be part of general education and vocational training.
  3. Religious education as an ordinary school subject in most countries of Europe offers a substantive contribution to education for democratic citizenship. Education for tolerance and peace is incomplete without religious education.
  4. Religious education in all schools respects the basic right of freedom of religion which includes freedom to have no religion and freedom to have religion.