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Religious education and spiritual development as a cultural component of the lifelong learning policy in Romania. The example of orthodox Christianity

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In a context of growing globalisation and European integration, Christian religious education seems to be more and more neglected within the social debate. Given the differences between European countries, the question may arise: What is the relevant situation in Romania? The article analyses the religious education and spiritual development as a cultural component of lifelong learning policy in Romania, based on more than 20 semi-structured interviews conducted with Romanian professionals, research workers, teachers and experts in education. In order to describe the role played by religious education in Romania three main aspects may be quoted: (1) Spiritual development completes the economic and social development of people; (2) The national culture and values contribute to the promotion of life models in accordance with Christian orthodox religion; and (3) The integral development of the person is part of the lifelong learning policy in Romania and includes orthodox spirituality. These aspects are analysed on the basis of the answers given by national experts in lifelong learning and religious education.
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Keywords: Romania; lifelong learning policy; religious education; spiritual development

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Educational Sciences, Helsinki University, Finland

Publication date: January 2, 2019

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