Online Courses to Expand Children’s Understanding of World Religions
Religion has been an undeniable force throughout human history, and it remains so today. Influencing everything from literature and philosophy to art and politics, religion is a dynamic dimension of world culture. Developing a basic understanding of the world’s religious traditions is part of an excellent education, allowing students to understand more fully the institutions, beliefs, and traditions that have motivated, informed, and inspired people throughout time.
The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community is offering a series of three-session workshops aimed at increasing religious literacy in a fun and engaging way. Taught from a secular and historical point of view, each workshop will introduce children to one of three major Eastern religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. These religions are practiced by millions of people around the world, and an understanding of them will enable children to have a better sense of Eastern culture, including the influences it has had on the Western world, such as the now-popular concept of mindfulness that is so helpful in times of distress.
For children who are interested in Western religion, we are offering The Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Figures of Ancient Greece and Rome. This summer-semester course begins in June and will introduce students to the gods and goddesses who were central to the belief system of ancient Greece and Rome.
Children who learn about religions other than their own come away with a greater understanding and empathy for people who are not like themselves, and these are qualities that we at Royal Fireworks wish to encourage. As our world becomes smaller, let our minds become wider. Registration is open for these courses and many others.