New Educational Program Spreads Secularist Ideas: 55.000 Parents Opt Out

Country: Spain

Date of incident: April 1, 2010

375 Christian parents lodge complaint with European Court of Human Rights as the mandatory school curriculum is antithetical to their moral convictions. After five years of public debate and much engagement on the side of the parents, the subject was abolished on Jan 31, 2012.

The Spanish educational system established a program called “Education for Citizenship” that introduces mandatory and graded subjects at Primary and Secondary school. The core subjects of Education for Citizenship have been designed, as the official curriculum states, in order to shape the conscience of children, delving deep into their values and their personal and family privacy. The contents stand in direct conflict with those of Christian parents. Therefore, a large part of the Spanish society objects: Nearly 55,000 parents have conscientiously objected to prevent their children from attending “EfC” lessons and more than 2,300 judicial complaints have been lodged in two years. In 2010, on March 19th, 305 plaintiffs lodged a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
On January 31, 2012, the programme was officially abondoned by the government. For more information in Spanish: