Religious Education provides young people with the opportunities to learn about, discuss, evaluate and learn from religious beliefs, practices and values. Through Religious Education young people are able to develop a positive sense of themselves and their beliefs, along with a respect for the beliefs and values of others.
Religious Education is defined by the Department of Education and the four main Christian Churches in Northern Ireland. It also has a role to play within the context of the revised curriculum through presenting young people with chances to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.
We are living in a changing world where access to world news, different cultures and various religious traditions is now possible at the touch of a button. The role of religion in people’s lives and in the world as a whole is highlighted again and again through various aspects of the media. Pupils have greater access to information about the world around them and it is important they are able to find and use the information about World Religions.