Netherlands: Official Islam curriculum

As of the current school year all Dutch primary schools will have access to an official teaching curriculum about Islam for pupils aged four to 12.

The new curriculum, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, was officially presented in the As Soeffah primary school in Amsterdam on Monday.

The method was developed by the Foundation for Teaching Methods (SLO) and the Board of Islamic Schools Organisation (ISBO), an umbrella organisation of 42 Muslim schools in the Netherlands.

This school year all 42 ISBO schools as well as four other Islamic schools in the Netherlands will begin to use the new study material. Public primary schools can also request that the textbooks be used, in accordance with the wishes of parents.

The ISBO stresses that the teaching method is aimed not only at children studying at Muslim schools, but also at Muslim and non-Muslim children at public schools.

The new teaching method is seen as particularly important because Muslim teachers have so far been compiling their own teaching material.

Previously, textbooks were authored by conservative religious leaders from other parts of the world.

In 2002, the Dutch intelligence service said in a report that it was worried about the influence of fundamentalist Muslim organisations on Dutch Muslim schools.

The report encouraged former education minister Maria van der Hoeven to develop an official Dutch teaching curriculum about Islam.

The new Dutch material consists of four text books for grades 1-8, set in the context of Dutch society.

"It is aimed at integrating Islam in Dutch society," ISBO interim director Yassin Hartog told reporters. "The values we convey are similar to those of the Dutch constitutional state."

The new method reportedly teaches children to renounce the idea of Muslim exclusivism. Instead, it gives insight into the position of Islam among other faiths.

The textbooks contain information about the Muslim prophet Mohammed, explain the basics of being a proper Muslim and various Muslim customs and ideas.

The textbooks also deal with issues like the Hadj or pilgrimage to Mecca, the month of Ramadan and the head covering for women and girls.

"Our textbooks do not tell children: all Muslims wear head covering," Hartog said, "We say: Muslim girls wear head scarves, but may also choose not to."

The ISBO said it is already preparing the next part of the series, which deals with topics including sexuality and homosexuality.

Source: Expatica (English)


personalrep1 said...
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Unknown said...

why don't you do your research properly instead of couching your own ill informed ideas into so called evidence?
islam gives women rights which were ungeard of in europe till at least 100 years ago:
the rights to inherit
the right of divorce
the right of child custody
the right to own property
the examples you have chosen are examples where Islam is not practiced properly. there is no true Islamic state in the world today. you are mixing up cultural traditions with Islam.
next time, instead of watching CNN for you info, why don't you try reading some hadith or Quranic verses about how Islam puts emphasis on helping the needy, the orphans in particular. honoring women and the sanctity of marriage, being fair in warfare (terrorism is NOT Islamic)
Islam gave us the first welfare system where a portion of your savings is to be given to the poor.
/i could go on..but i fear it will be wasted on you as you are so steeped in prejudice.