Religion classes are important because children have questions about life, the different religions and religious beliefs. Protestant Education allows time and space for these questions and its contents have relevance for other school subjects. All children may attend Religion class, regardless of their church or religious affiliation. All children have questions about God.
In Religion class, children learn about how people in the Bible and from our time imagine God to be. The pupils have the chance to talk about their point of view and to present it with imagination and creativity.
The children are introduced to Bible stories and are encouraged to look for the meaning they had for people in past times as well as discover their meaning for people today. Throughout the centuries, literature, architecture, art and music reflect this search.
In Religion class, pupils speak about their own experiences: what makes them happy, sad or hurt and what gives them hope and comforts them. They are given time to ask questions important to them and look for answers as a group. The linguistic skills and creativity of the children is promoted by their exploration of these themes and the old texts of the Bible.
For school and society, it is imperative that children are socially competent. Religion class emphasizes and endorses social behavior. The students get to know and understand the Christian tradition of helping others. In small steps, they are guided into carrying out social service projects.
Holger Schmidtke (Protestant Education in German, Religion Coordinator)
Annette Schnaubelt (Protestant Education in German)
Sabine Möhrle (Protestant Education in English)
Debora Dusse (Protestant Education in English)
Information on the curriculum: www.ekbo.de