Head of UGCC urged Ministry of Health not to exclude religious and moral disciplines from curriculum

2 June 2020, 11:17 | Church-state relations | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, expressed concern that in compliance with Decree No. 641 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine dated May 18, 2020, the commissions responsible for disciplines that have an impact on worldview formation shall be dismissed.

This is stated in a separate Address by the Head of the Church "the Future of our Church, Ukraine and the people depends on the education and upbringing of our children," the UGCC Information Department reports.

The appeal is directed to parents, caregivers and all people of good will who are engaged in raising children.

The appeal, in particular, refers to the Commission on Philosophical and Ideological disciplines, the Commission on Ethics and the Commission on Christian Ethics.

"We are deeply concerned that these changes may harm the quality and development of worldview subjects in the curricula of various levels and, as a result, will negate efforts aimed at the integral development of children and youth," the text notes.

The Primate recalls that for thirty years, religious and moral disciplines have been studied in secondary and higher educational institutions of Ukraine as a compulsory subject or as a subject of choice.

"Their introduction into educational programs was a requirement of Ukrainian society after the independence of Ukraine and the departure from the Communist-atheist worldview in the direction of democratic values, so that dignity and human rights are not only declared, but also realized. The improved quality of teaching these disciplines is the result of long-term efforts of Ukrainian citizens-parents, teachers, teaching faculty, religious and public organizations, Churches," His Beatitude Sviatoslav writes in his address.

He believes that the disciplines that impact the worldview formation, such as" the Foundations of Christian Ethics"," Christian Ethics in Ukrainian Culture", "Basics of Family", are the answer to the educational challenges facing Ukrainian society today.

The Head of the Church notes that parents have the right and duty to influence the content of the educational curriculum according to which their children study.

"Today we are experiencing," the Primate notes, "the times of anxiety, uncertainty, and change not only through the COVID 19 pandemic. This is also due to other factors: the war, economic, political, and spiritual and moral challenges that our society faces. At the same time, we see that the ways of cultivating cultural and ideological values that were formed by a thousand-year-old Christian tradition, which is the basis of Ukrainian identity, are being leveled. Instead, destructive ideologies and programs are being introduced that are alien to our culture, contradict Christian morality, and restrict human dignity and freedom."

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  • Рокитне | 2 June 2020, 12:34
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    То перераховані факти ви називаєте "фантазиями и ночными кошмарами"? Чому викладену інформацію ви "Очередная статья нижайшего интеллектуального уровня"? У вас

  • Slava43 | 4 June 2020, 13:46

    Це жодна агітація. На Буковині казали :»Мойше герехт, Сури герехт».

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    За часів союза, УПЦ підлягала моіковському патріярхату, примусово. Від незалежності УПЦ старалась отримати незалежність від Москви. Тепер, коли Україна має ТОМОС та незалежність то Лавру потрібно

  • Стефан | 2 June 2020, 15:54

    Последние события показали глубокий кризис РПЦ МП, где только отдельные редкие священнослужители твёрдо исповедуют Православную Веру, как схиигумен отец Сергий Романов, которого сейчас травят

  • Рокитне | 2 June 2020, 12:34

    Це добре було б.

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