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The World Russian People’s Assembly called for broader teaching of the basic principles of Orthodox culture in school
“It is necessary for schoolchildren to study the fundamentals of Orthodox culture in our state where Orthodox believers make up the absolute majority of the population. Such teaching should also be organised for traditional religious minorities, too,” the Assembly said in a statement adopted on Wednesday, the last day of its work. The participants in the forum believe that such a combination is one of the “solid foundations of society tolerant to ethnic and religious minorities, as well as a powerful means of overcoming extremism that exploits spiritual and moral illiteracy and infringements upon the rights of the religious majority.” The document says that “a special role of Orthodoxy in the history of Russia, in the establishment and development of its spirituality and culture is mentioned in the preamble to the law ‘On the Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations’, but the school curriculum keeps silent about it.” “Today, as never before, it is important for society, the state and religious organisations to join efforts and carry out concrete measures aimed at developing in young people respect for the country and its history, the family, and lofty spiritual and moral values. It will be impossible to achieve this goal without broad introduction of relevant subjects in the system of secondary education,” the document said.
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