Global Education Challenges: Exploring Religious Dimensions

Author: Katherine Marshall

November 24, 2017

Education goals are at the center of global agendas for sustainable development and humanitarian action, but these agendas tend to deal glancingly, if at all, with religious dimensions. Religious institutions, however, play significant parts in national and international education systems and approaches in many countries. In some instances they are critical partners, in others significant critics. Understanding religious differences is increasingly understood as central to citizenship and peaceful societies. This chapter by Katherine Marshall explores six topics where religious actors are particularly involved: delivery of education and outreach to underserved populations; specific education approaches for refugees and displaced populations; curricular focus on pluralism and religious literacy; addressing education challenges surrounding values in education and understandings of citizenship; training of religious leaders; and advocacy for education goals and reforms. It was published in Religion and Education: Comparative and International Perspectives (2017) as part of the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series.

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