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8. Religious Education, Interfaith Dialogue and Community Cohesion In Wales: An Empirical Investigation of the Contribution Made by the Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education

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The provision within each local authority of a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACREs) is a statutory requirement under the Education Reform Act 1988 designed to monitor the implementation of the locally determined syllabus of religious education. As part of their statutory constitution SACREs bring together representation of Christian denominations and religious groups active within the local authority. Drawing on a recent survey conducted throughout the twenty-two local authorities in Wales, this paper demonstrates the significant contribution made by SACREs to interfaith dialogue and community cohesion in Wales relevant to the Welsh Assembly Government's community cohesion strategy, 'Getting on Together: A Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales' (2009). It is argued that any erosion of the capacity of SACREs in Wales to connect with local representatives of diverse religious traditions may carry unintended consequences of damaging the community cohesion atrategy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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