Do Our Schools Promote Religious Pluralism?

Do Our Schools Promote Religious Pluralism?: Problems and Prospects in the Teaching of World Religions in Public Senior High Schools in the Philippines

By Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, PhD 

11 April 2019
Palma Hall 207
University of the Philippines, Diliman

 In the wake of events like the recent shootings at a mosque in New Zealand, the imperative for a deeper understanding of religious differences is more relevant than ever. In the Philippines, this has taken more concrete form with the inclusion of the subject “Introduction to World Religions and Belief Systems” in the Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) of the K-12 curriculum. Already incorporated in the school curricula of the United States, the United Kingdom and India, religious literacy aims to equip students in dealing with the realities of religious pluralism and diversity. This presentation investigates religious literacy in the Philippine context using approaches from the sociology of religion and sociology of education. Using insights from existing literature on religious literacy in other countries, the presentation assesses local experiences of religious diversity that is relevant in framing classroom instruction and the training of educators. It aims to contribute sociological insights that influence the content and pedagogical approaches of religious literacy programs that will be used in Philippine public schools.

Manuel Victor J. Sapitula is associate professor at the Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2013. His area of expertise is the sociology of religion in the Philippines, focusing on Marian piety, religious literacy and interreligious communication.  He teaches sociology of religion, sociological theory and qualitative research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels in UP Diliman, and has co-published a textbook on “Introduction to World Religions and Belief Systems” for Senior High School students.

Enrique Nino P. Leviste, PhD
Clement C. Camposano, PhD

Organized by the UP Diliman Department of Sociology in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy together with UP Kalipunan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sosyolohiya (UP KMS), UP PRAXIS, and Sociosphere

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Posted: March 30, 2019 1:20