The Enlighten Up Campaign

It’s time to give children and young people the right to opt out of religious observance

1. Multi-Denominational

We support a school system which is multi-denominational and inclusive to ensure all children and young people have equal access to all school activities.

2. Pupil Centered

We support a system that puts children and young people at the heart of decision making.

3. Democratic and Accountable

We support local education being democratically run and accountable to their local communities

4. Objective

We support objective learning which increases understanding and tolerance of all religions and beliefs equally with no instruction in any particular faith.

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Why is this important?

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child have called on the Scottish Government to allow children and young people the right to opt out of Religious Observance. They believe not giving them the choice on if they attend fundamentally breaches their freedom to choose their own religion or belief.

Inclusive, multi-denominational education offers an opportunity for children from different backgrounds to learn and socialise together, breaking down the barriers that divide us and promoting social cohesion.

In order to challenge prejudice and ignorance it is important that children learn about the values and beliefs which inform the world around us. A crucial part of this is high-quality and inclusive Religious and Moral Education.

Currently all Scottish councils are required to appoint three religious representatives to their education committees. These religious representatives are unelected and unaccountable.

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The Enlighten Up campaign is an initiative of Humanist Society Scotland which aims to promote a fair and inclusive education system where pupils and teachers are not discriminated against because of their religion or belief.

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