Date lodged: 10 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities' Jewish Objects for Education in Scotland boxes initiative.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 June 2016
The Scottish Government welcomes the 'Jewish Objects for Education in Scotland' boxes initiative which supports learning and teaching about Judaism and understanding of religious and cultural diversity in Scotland.
This initiative was developed by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) with support from Education Scotland. The initiative provides the opportunity for all local authorities to request a free box of authentic Jewish artefacts for use in schools. The resource is accompanied by the offer of career-long professional learning for staff to support the use of the boxes.
Education Scotland will be working with SCoJeC to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative, and intends to develop similar initiatives based on this model with other religious and belief groups in Scotland.