Active pluralism in the Flemish formal education: a study of the theory and the practice on religious diversity.

Supervision: prof. dr. Johan Vande Lanotte and prof. dr. Yves Haeck
Researcher: Sien Devriendt
Sponsored by: Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University

This study is a reflection on the interpretation and practice of the concept of active pluralism in the Flemish formal education. This research is important to understand whether and how the increasing level of religious diversity of pupils can be steered in the right direction and can be approached in a consistent manner. After all, it examines the willingness of the Flemish public education to accommodate religious diversity, which is connected to the way in which society looks at the role and place of religious diversification. It considers the boundaries of two essential legal concepts in the democratic State, in particular the exercise of the right to freedom of religion for all  and the neutrality of the education furnished by the State.

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