The government of the German state of Bavaria decided today, Tuesday, to teach a course to introduce the Islamic religion in schools in the state (southern Germany). To be an elective course from a group of compulsory study subjects.
With this step, the government of Bavaria decides to convert the model experiment, which is conducted on the German level, into a regular subject, and this subject will be offered to students, especially those of the Islamic religion, as an optional subject instead of a religious education course, along with the subject of ethics.
This step relates to a government proposal, whereby government teachers are supposed to pass on knowledge of the German language about the Islamic religion and the basic orientation of values, within the framework of “the spirit of the value system in the Basic Law and the Bavarian Constitution.”
Decades ago, there was what was known as “Islamic guidance” in the Turkish language in schools, then came an offer to teach this subject in German, and in 2009 a model experiment began in Germany under the name “Islamic lesson”, and the experiment was expanded repeatedly until it included about 350 schools. .
It is expected that teaching the new subject will start during the new academic year, and teachers who have previously joined the pilot will participate in it.