“Fundamentals of Orthodoxy” taught to over eighty percent of school students in Moscow region

Source: Interfax Religion

Krasnogorsk, October 5, 2016

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Photo: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/

The majority of fourth graders’ parents of Moscow
region schools choose the “Fundamentals of Orthodox
Culture” course for their children.

“When students start fourth grade their parents
write a statement choosing a subject for them: ‘The
Fundamentals of Secular Ethics’ or ‘The
Fundamentals of Religious Knowledge.’ Over eighty
percent in our region choose ‘The Fundamentals of
Religious Knowledge,’” the Minister of
Education of the Moscow region Marina Zakharova reported
to journalists on Wednesday.

According to the press service of the Moscow regional
Ministry of Education, Orthodoxy is taught in the Moscow
region within the framework of “The Fundamentals of
Religious Culture” course.

“Relatively few Muslims and Jews reside in the
Moscow region so most of our parents choose Orthodoxy, as
opposed to the Republic of Tatarstan where the majority
choose Islam. But if some children of our region do come
from the Muslim culture, they still can choose the subject
‘Fundamentals of Orthodoxy’ because it is a
cultural course, not a religious one,” said the
agency’s spokeswoman.

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