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Institute of Ecumenical Education, Enugu
That all may be one

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    Department of Ecumenism

    PHILOSOPHY

    The main philosophy of the programme is to produce ecumenically oriented teachers, qualified to teach courses in the areas of religious and moral education in combination with other teaching subjects normally in Basic 1-9 Levels of our education system.

    Such teachers of ecumenism are expected to have correct sense of ethics in terms of moral sensitivity, moral intelligence and moral courage. The curriculum strongly envisages that the final products shall be sufficiently mature to judge the moral input of socio-religious issues of everyday life, and be able to evaluate the contents of religious behavioural patterns of their immediate society. The students are trained to be able to avoid provocative sentiments, hostile words, inimical actions towards other people’s faith and be intellectually mature enough to enquire into areas of co-operation between different religions and denominations.

    The programme incorporates and makes use of the most modern ecumenical techniques to harmonise morality with youthful aspirations. Ecumenism is borne out by the provision for different religionists studying in the college. The curriculum is also specifically designed to cater for the great religions of the world, especially in Africa and particularly in Nigeria. It is believed that a teacher of Ecumenics should be able to hold healthy dialogue with people of different value pursuits, no matter what country, class or creed the other may belong.

    Ecumenism attempts specially to inculcate into the life pattern of the students an evaluation and appreciation for socially accepted standards to help them fit into the social life of the community and society at large to enhance their commitment to national objectives.

    OBJECTIVES

    At the end of the programme:

    i. The students will be able to analyse and evaluate the functions of religion in society.
    ii. The students will be able to act without religious prejudice and mix up freely with members of other religions.
    iii. The students will be able to avoid hostile words and actions towards members of other religions and inquire into areas of co-operation between religious groups.
    iv. The students will be able to judge the moral import of social and religious issues and evaluate the contents of religious writings.
    v. The students will be able to evaluate the efforts of religious leaders in West Africa and use their experiences for a more healthy evangelism of the Nigerian society.
    vi. The students will be able to teach religion to students in Basic 1-9 of our education system.