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Education and Freedom of Religion or Belief in South and Southeast Asia

Author: Sudipta Roy

June 28, 2021

This brief explores practical and policy issues that link FoRB and social cohesion issues to education policy. The topic has particular relevance in the context of the regional policy focus on peacebuilding and FoRB and with urgent demands for review looking to post COVID reforms. The brief provides background on relevant international organization commitments to teaching religions and beliefs and offers a bird’s eye view on how religious topics are taught in different South/East Asian countries, focusing on public education systems. The brief explores several approaches to educating about religions and beliefs and concludes with recommendations addressed to policymakers, curriculum specialists, and teacher trainers.

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