Beirut (Agenzia Fides) – A two day international seminar opened today in Beirut to discuss how Christians and other non-Muslim social groups are portrayed in official school programmes in Arab countries. The initiative, sponsored by Al Quds Center for Political Studies and the Danish Det Arabiske Initiativ organisation, has brought together, politicians, representatives of educative institutions, people responsible for national school policies and members of different Christian communities from various Arab countries, in particular Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq and the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The work of the seminar will focus attention on school programmes as a potential means of integration and peaceful coexistence in the different ethnic and religious components of middle east societies.
Interventions and reflection will consider the legislative frames which orientate and condition education programmes in the different countries and before closing, the Seminar will draft proposals to bring to the attention of education ministers in the different countries and to offer concrete ways of steering study programmes away from sectarian leaning and towards the principles of pluralism and valorisation of the different cultural and religious identities, also by means of comparison with standards followed by the Danish system of education. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 4/3/2016).