Humanism class plan for Educate Together schools
The debate on religion teaching in schools is about to get more fraught as Educate Together prepares to launch lessons in humanism.
Humanism is a non-religious system of beliefs that relies on science and reasoning to understand the universe, and puts social cohesion and human well-being at the centre of its decision-making.
It will be the first time in Ireland that humanism is included as part of the curriculum in schools.
The lessons, which have been drawn up by the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) in association with Educate Together, will be formally launched next week.
Educate Together is a non-denominational patron body, which does not provide for any religious teaching within school hours. Instead, it offers an Ethical Education curriculum, which explores different world views. The lessons in humanism have been in development since 2015.
HAI head of education, Philip Byers said that humanism was "not anti-religion, it is non-religion".