Round table “The tenth anniversary of re-introduction of the religious education in schools in Serbia” held


In the organization of the Pedagogical and cathehist institute of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade yesterday a round table was held on the theme The tenth anniversary of re-introduction of the religious education in schools in Serbia. In the work of the round table following participants took part: Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa, Serbian Mufti of the Islamic Community of Serbia Muhamed Jusufspahic, Belgrade’s Rabi Isak Asijel, Vinko Maslach – representative of the Roman Catholic church in the absence of Belgrade archbishop Mr. Stanislav Hocevar, and professor Dr Bogoljub Sijakovic, the state secretary in the Ministry for faith and diaspora.

All participants of the round table were unanimous in the position that the introduction of the religious education in schools was necessary and after ten years the fruits are shown of this strenuous and hard work, and there was also a discussion regarding a change of the position of parents related to the choice of subjects and problems that religious teachers have in teaching. At the end a wish was emphasized to advance the religious education in all fields and a readiness was expressed to multiply given talents for the benefit of the pupils, who will be he the core of the future society and the Church.

At the end of the round table, His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa reminded the religious education was introduced in the school system in Serbia thanks to the commitment of Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose and with the great support of the late Serbian Prime Minister Dr Zoran Djindjic. On behalf of the host of the meeting, His Grace Bishop thanked the participants of the round table and the present guests, professors, catechists and students.