Education

Education is one of the primary ways a society prepares people for the world around them, including the range of worldviews and beliefs people may hold. With census results indicating a growing number of people identifying as Pagan, it would be reasonable to say that a growing part of the world surrounding young people identifies as Pagan. Therefore, an education system that hopes to empower young people to be able to function effectively in wider society, aided by an awareness of some of the different worldviews held and belief systems practiced within society, would be enhanced by the inclusion of some awareness of Pagan views, beliefs, and practices.

Education about Pagan traditions has not been a feature of the education received by adults who might increasingly find themselves coming into contact with Pagans in both a personal and a professional capacity. An important area of consideration for the Pagan Federation with regard to education, is to provide assistance for adults who find themselves in need of educational information to better understand Pagans they meet, work with or work for in an official capacity.

As Pagans, we are all aware of the great diversity of perspective around what ‘Paganism’ is, and that diversity can be found not just in the differences between the various traditions that might be included under the Pagan umbrella heading, but within those traditions themselves. It would be unreasonable to attempt to provide information that presented comprehensive information covering the entirety of worldviews and beliefs found in Paganism. However, it is possible to present an overview of some of the central traditions whilst also indicating that there is further diversity to be found beyond that overview.

The Pagan Federation is engaged in ongoing work with representatives from a variety of Pagan traditions and with Religious Education professionals, with the aim to be in a position to produce resources that meet the varying educational needs with regard to Paganism as well as reflecting some of the diversity under the Pagan umbrella.

It is hoped that those resources will be made available for free download both here on the Pagan Federation website, and on a number of other websites, including those for religious education professionals.

Our work in this field is greatly enhanced by our participation in the Pagan and Heathen Symposium , our membership of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, and our work with a number of other Religious Education bodies.

Our members also participate in a number of local Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs). We encourage and support Pagan representation upon local SACREs and are interested in working with other Pagans who are also involved in this important area.

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