‘History of church” exclusion from school syllabus not discussed in government – minister of education
YEREVAN, May 22. /ARKA/. Excluding ‘History of the Armenian Church’ as a subject from school curriculum is not discussed in the government and, hence, should not be discussed in the society either, Armenia’s minister of education and science Armen Ashotayn said at the government hour in the parliament Wednesday.
Earlier, the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child released a report saying the ‘History’ should be withdrawn as a curricular subject as it violates freedom of conscience and conflicts with the constitution.
The minister said there is legal basis for teaching the church history in schools as one of the constitutional provisions acknowledges exclusive mission of the Armenian Apostolic Church in preserving the national identity, in spiritual and cultural development.
The history of the Armenian Church is integral part of the Armenian history, and it should be taught in schools, Ashotyan said. A pilot project on teaching church history in primary schools has already started involving 3,000 schoolchildren.
‘Our cooperation with the St Echmiadzin is as solid as with the ministry of defense, the minister said.
Ashotyan noted he drew western colleagues’ attention to the fact that Armenian handbooks on church history contain no propaganda of xenophobia and ethnical hostility, unlike the handbooks in some of the neighboring countries.
The minister also said a new subject, National Dances and Songs, will be experimented this September. –0—