Interreligious Awareness and Multiculturalism: Pedagogies and Practices in Indian Schools (74254)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Rajendran Govender

Thursday, 21 September 2023 14:30
Session: Session 3
Room: Gotic
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The presentation draws on my doctoral dissertation which discerned and analysed the convergent and divergent patterns and practices of Inter-Religious understanding in Schools of diverse backgrounds in India. The research survey based on personal interviews, questionnaires and classroom observations was undertaken in eight riot-prone cities in North, South, East and West of India in various types of schooling systems i.e. Madrasah (Only Muslim Students), Gurukul (Gurukul system), CISCE schools (Mixed background students including Christian Minority Group), C.B.S.E. schools (Central Board of Secondary Education), State Board Schools (Mixed background students). Varied streams and trajectories of imparting Value Education in the classroom have been examined corresponding to the concept of Peace Education or Inter-Religious Awareness. A special focus has been on curriculum, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that impinge on inter-cultural and inter-religious awareness at the secondary education level (Age: 14-18 years). The diverse patterns existing in select schools in the North (Varanasi – Lucknow, Utter Pradesh), South (Telangna-Hyedabad, Karnataka-Bangalore), East (West Bengal, Kolkata – Odissa- Bhubaneshwar), West (Maharastra, Mumbai – Gujrat, Ahmadabad) were visited, observed, studied and reported.
This unravels imperatives of imparting aspects of inter-religious peace in a multi-cultural milieu. For instance, there is a strongly felt need to nurture positive thoughts, encourage constructive communication for religious awareness, educate about the basic differences between a religion, religious dogmas and selfless duty towards mankind which include people of all religions, and learn how to deal with the consequences of their choice.

Anita Pauline Dey, William Henry Smith Memorial School, India

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00