Number of pupils attending religious courses in primary school in Flanders from 2010 to 2016, by religion

Flemish primary school pupils attending religious courses 2010-2016, by religion This statistic shows the number of pupils attending religious courses in primary school in Flanders from 2010 to 2016, by religion. During the school year 2015-2016, 350,180 Flemish pupils attended classes on Catholicism in primary school and 35,795 Flemish pupils attended classes on Islam in primary school.
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CatholicismIslamZedenleer*Exemption**
2015-2016350,18035,79552,8041,369
2014-2015346,58833,26649,8691,115
2013-2014340,95231,14247,6181,039
2012-2013338,28029,41745,505969
2011-2012337,09127,36443,567938
2010-2011337,29324,83641,2991,026
CatholicismIslamZedenleer*Exemption**
2015-2016350,18035,79552,8041,369
2014-2015346,58833,26649,8691,115
2013-2014340,95231,14247,6181,039
2012-2013338,28029,41745,505969
2011-2012337,09127,36443,567938
2010-2011337,29324,83641,2991,026
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This statistic shows the number of pupils attending religious courses in primary school in Flanders from 2010 to 2016, by religion. During the school year 2015-2016, 350,180 Flemish pupils attended classes on Catholicism in primary school and 35,795 Flemish pupils attended classes on Islam in primary school.
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Release date
May 2016
Region
Belgium
Survey time period
2010 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* "Zedenleer" has been a course in Belgium since the primary school law act of 1879 of Pierre Van Humbeeck. The course is taught in all municipal public school and at least in Flanders in all secondary schools. Parents have to decide whether their son/daughter attends classes on a recognized religion or on "zedenleer". Originally the course was seen as atheistic and especially anti-clerical, however, nowadays the focus is more on moral issues, critical reflection on society, human rights, free speech and such.

** Parents also have the possibility to get an exemption for their children. This means that in the time the pupil was supposed to attend religious classes, the pupil can study his/her own belief system.

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