KPEC is against teaching the subject of faith into Kosova’s education system

Kosova Protestant Evangelical Church (KPEC) in a public statement has expressed its unchanged public position following the debate about the introduction of teaching faith into the education curricula of the Republic of Kosova.

In the public statement signed by the KPEC President Pastor Driton Krasniqi says:

“Kosova Protestant Evangelical Church (KPEC) is following all the latest developments after announcements coming from Albania on the introduction of religious education into the curricula of pre-university education.

This theme has repeated in Kosovo the pro et contra debate of introduction of the subject of religion into education system in Kosovo. KPEC urges Kosovo state officials to consult in advance with the religious communities, the population of our country, with the civil society, with professionals and experts and parents of children who directly or indirectly are affected in determining the future of education in our country. Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo requires for religious communities to be involved in matters related to religion.

KPEC holds unchanged public position expressed over the recent years. We are agreed to continue with the current practice whereby school students are provided with basic knowledge of Kosovo religions. Introduction of teaching faith be it partial or full into the education system of Kosovo, we consider it premature, detrimental to the functioning of our society and state. Therefore, we urge the leaders of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo for foresight, caution and prudence in relation to this sensitive issue to our citizens.

Kosova Protestant Evangelical Community stands against the idea of introducing subject of religion, full or partial, into Kosovo education curricula:

● Unlike the European countries and those of the East who have a tradition to teach religion in schools, Kosovo has other historical flow. We are a new country thus do not burden the state. Forcing religion subject may be a religious psychological and social pressure on smaller religious communities and their believers. In addition, Kosovo can draw lessons learned from the failures of teaching faith in public schools in other countries.

● Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo defines our country as “secular and neutral in matters of religion.” Hence, Kosovo is not only secular but furthermore it is neutral. The introduction of teaching faith in the national curriculum we think it seriously violates the neutrality of the state in relation to the religion because it promotes particular religions;

● In Kosovo there are enough places of worship and religion may be taught in religious facilities. Our religious community is the only one with lack of churches and we do not seek to open up schools for preaching our religion there. Answer for non attendance of believers in our religious services or our religious meetings, we preachers, have to seek it elsewhere or allow it completely free to the consciousness of citizens. Religion is a personal matter and completely voluntary and religious education is the value of the family, and why someone as if is to be disciplined with religion in school for non attendance in religious services around the places of worship intended for the purpose of religion.

● The introduction of religious clerics in educational institutions should not ever happen; this could be the recruitment of underage children for the purposes of certain religious individuals;

● We are concerned how will be treated, for example, our national figures with world renowned such as Skanderbeg and Mother Theresa, knowing already different positions expressed towards these figures of ours by various preachers. For a certain religious community they are the national heroes where as for any of the other community members, they are traitors. Thus, in highly sensitive topics like this, our national consciousness and orientation is seriously jeopardized.

● In Kosovo there are no sufficient teachers, outside religious communities, who can lecture subject of religion in schools. Therefore, it cannot be implemented for the establishment of professional teachers takes time and we do not believe that teaching faith in public schools is a state priority nor of our society as whole.”

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