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‘Learn to teach’, the challenge of the new religion curriculum

The Col·legi Sant Pau in Tarragona will be, next Saturday the 30th, the venue for the XVI Conference of Masters and Professors of Religion of Catalonia, organized by the Fundació Escola Cristiana de Catalunya (SIECC). Under the heading Learn to Teach, the new religion curriculum will be worked on in an open session. It will be addressed not only to religion teachers from the dioceses based in Catalonia, but also to other teachers.

The participants in the day will receive a 6-hour certificate of attendance, which can be combined with the 30-hour training courses offered by the bishoprics.

Educational reforms entail the renewal of all school curricula. The LOMLOE has also urged a change in the curriculum of the Catholic Religion, from Early Childhood Education to High School.

In this renewal process, “we set out to look around us and welcome what is happening in local and global contexts, in the field of education, with an international perspective, and in our ecclesial community,” says Rafael Muñoz Melgar, director of the Secretariat Diocesà per a l’Ensenyament i l’Escola Cristiana, in Tarragona.

For its part, the Episcopal Commission for Education and Culture organized a process of debate and participation, a dialogue among all, which made it possible to consider all the issues to be taken into account in the revision of the Catholic Religion curriculum, making it more competent.

Hence, the importance of this day in the making. The objective is that learning situations can be specified in our autonomous environment in the terms that are finally defined in the minimum teaching decrees proposed for the State.

Program of the day

It will begin at ten in the morning with prayer and parliaments, to then give way to the first presentation that will deal with “the curriculum of Religion: the gestation and main trets definers”, by Raquel Pérez, secretary of the Education Commission and Culture of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

The second presentation will deal with the curriculum from a pedagogical perspective, by Yolanda Otal, a religion teacher in various educational centers in Barcelona. The third presentation will be directed by Manuel Andueza, head of pastoral ministry at Lestonnac in Barcelona, ​​professor and coordinator of the theology area of ​​Cristianisme i Justícia.

At mid-morning, the participants will be able to choose two of the twelve programmed workshops, which will be directed by teachers, professors, pedagogues and graduates in educational sciences, which will cover the entire pedagogical and educational field. Among other aspects, the new Catholic Religion competency curriculum is an invitation to reflect on the student’s learning proposals with the aim of improving them.

In the afternoon, the activity will focus on the development of three workshops, this time cultural, one to choose from, on the stage of three different spaces: a pedagogical tour that will present the Museu Bíblic Taraconense (MBT); the collections that the Museu Diocesà de Tarragona treasures, next to the cathedral and, finally, learn about the beginnings of Christianity in Tarraconense, an activity that will take place within the framework of the Center Tarraconense El Seminari, also linked to the MBT.

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