State Educational Programme Angers Christian Parents

Country: Spain

Date of incident: May 21, 2013

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Education / Governmental

Spanish educational law includes a set of mandatory subjects under the generic category of Education for Citizenship which are indoctrinatory and violates the rights of parents. The Education for Citizenship curriculum is mandatory for primary and secondary education (children ages 10-16), and must be implemented into all Spanish schools (public and private).

It has been designed (as the official curriculum admits) to shape the conscience of children, going deep into their values and their personal and family privacy. The next government approved the preliminary draft (avant-projet) of a new educational law which will removes the Education for Citizenship curriculum for being indoctrinatory and having caused a major social conflict with more than 55.000 conscientious objections and a demand of 400 plaintiffs before the European Court of Human Rights. Changes made by a decree of August 3rd 2012 do not sufficiently tackle parents concerns. Source and further information: The Observatory's Report 2012 on Legal Restrictions Effecting Christians in Europe