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Religious Instruction in State Schools.

Should religious instruction be permitted in New Zealand State Schools?

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The vote is already over! It ended on Wednesday, 30.April 2014 (00:00).

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Over the last two years more than 50 state schools have cancelled religious education. David Hines of the Secular Education Network  has conducted a survey of state primary schools in New Zealand. He determined that from the more than 1400 schools that responded, 38 per cent have held some kind of religious instruction during school hours this year.

Organisations running religious instruction have not been willing to identify which schools are participating in their programs. The Ministry of Education and Education Review Office were similarly unable to provide information about which schools were conducting religious instruction. Last year there was a call from the Secular Education Network for schools running these religious instruction classes to practise informed consent. This message is getting through to schools who are increasingly dealing with a multicultural and diverse community.

Come 13th of April will be the day to Stand Up for Kids and Protect Our Schools.

"Stand up for Kids" is a campaign for parents, families, teachers and other educators who all want the best for our children. It was initiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa, the professional institute and union of 50,000 primary and early childhood educators around New Zealand.

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We know that to be the best, teachers and schools need parents and whanau as partners and to be fully supported by their communities. So this campaign is not just for teachers. It’s for anyone interested in the future of our children and the future of our quality public education system.


Read more: Stand Up For Kids Protest

 Census 2013

Starting Monday the 25th we will be running sponsored radio adverts asking people to Tick No Religion during Timesaver Traffic Reports on Newstalk, Classic Hits, Coast, ZM, Radio Sport, Hauraki, Flava. RadioLive will be running adverts from Wednesday through to Census Day. Listen to the Advert.



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We are establishing the Secular Education Network to help support parents who want to bring their children up with values of free thought, tolerance, integrity and compassion, but without religious indoctrination. Many public schools in New Zealand conduct religious education outside of official school hours and link it to their values program. This forces parents to choose between having their children indoctrinated at the same time as being taught values, or not being taught values at all.


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