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Nurturing Spirituality in Children

Course Dates: Feb. 25 Mar. 29, 2015

Duration: 5 weeks. Participants will receive an average of 3 to 4 hours of course work per week.
Assignments are due on the Sunday of each week, by midnight.

Course objectives:
At the end of the course, participants will:
- Have increased awareness about religion and spirituality, its differences and commonalities.
- Be equipped to foster and integrate spaces to nurture spirituality when delivering Learning to
Live Together sessions and other programs with children.
- Have acquired concrete tools approaches to support and nurture childrens spirituality in diverse

Course Completion Requirements:


Participate in all forum discussions as required in each week

Contribute to each others ideas and build on others contributions
Participate in group work
Submit assignments as required

Course Outline:

Week 0:
Feb. 25 Mar. 1

This week, participants will
- Familiarize themselves with the
online platform, including how to
post to the forum, update their
profiles, receive and send a
message, view classmates.
- Reflect and share their
understanding of Spirituality.

Forum Discussion:
Self-introduction and expectations
on the course
Sharing Thoughts on Spirituality:
Reflection on the understanding of
Learning to Live Together
Programme Manual, p. 19 20.
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Week 1:
What do I believe?
Religion and Spirituality
Mar. 2 8

- Explore their own beliefs.

- Learn about the differences and
commonalities between religion
and spirituality.

Beliefs and Belief Systems
Forum Discussion:
Factors that form beliefs
Lunn, J (2009). The role of religion,
spirituality and faith in
development: A critical theory
approach, Third World Quarterly.

Week 2:
What about Spirituality?

Mar. 9. .15

Week 3:
Children and Spirituality
March 16 22

Identify and describe the

purpose, elements and
challenges of spirituality.
Explore the importance of
Explore specific aspects and
approaches related to Children
and Spirituality.

- Develop a session using a kiosk

and integrating spirituality.
- Explore ideas how to create
spiritual moments with a group of
children, giving rational for the
activities in the outline, including

Forum discussion:
Impact on societies and
Group assignment:
Characteristics, needs and tools of
Forum discussion:
Video: Approaches to spirituality
Hart, T. (2004).The mystical child:
Glimpsing the spiritual world of
children. Encounter: Education for
meaning and social justice, 17:2.
Mercer, J. (2006).Children as
mystics, activists, sages, and holy
fools: Understanding the spirituality
of children and its significance for
clinical work. Pastoral Psychology,
The significance of critical thinking
for spiritual development.
Group assignment:
Create objectives and an outline for
a session providing space for, and
strengthening childrens spirituality
Ruddlock, B. & Cameron, R. J.
(2010). Spirituality in children and
young people: A suitable topic for
education and child psychologists?
Education Psychology in Practice,
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Week 4:
Applications and
March 23 29

- Read and give feedback to each

others sessions.
- Think critically about the learning
acquired as a result of the training.
- Assess the course.

Video on awe and being yourself
How to give constructive feedback
Forum discussion:
Feedback to other groups outlines
of sessions
Conclusion of the course:
Summary and Evaluation

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