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Enlighten Up

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.

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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