Vic: Teachers in bid to boost religious tolerance

April 12, 2008

TEACHERS from Muslim and Christian high schools are working on a shared curriculum to combat religious stereotypes and promote tolerance among students.

In what is believed to be the first such initiative in Victoria, 10 religion teachers — backed by the Catholic Education Office, Australian Catholic University and the Muslim-run Australian Intercultural Society — are producing a set of guidelines including a list of "balanced and useable" texts for teaching about the history and values of Islam and Christianity.

"We already have a level of religious intolerance in Australian society and we need to take steps to ensure that is challenged among young people — and I see this project as contributing to that in the long run," Kath Engebretson, of the Australian Catholic University, said.