Can I say whatever I think? Are the best things in life really free? These and other life questions will be debated by parents and children who hear them on radio or see them on bus advertising over August and September.
The advertising is part of a larger information campaign which will also include information brochures to be distributed through local schools.
NSW Christian SRE spokesperson Murray Norman said “Education must be holistic, and like sports, music and other areas of education, we can’t ignore the spiritual dimension and the need for children to question, explore and discover the values they build their lives upon,” he explained.
He said SRE already has huge support across school communities, with over 70 per cent of primary school parents choosing to opt in to the program.
“We want all parents to understand that SRE is about values, and encouraging children to question life, explore values and discover faith.”
The public campaign aims to inform parents that SRE supports them in building a better-balanced future for their children, by engaging students in conversations consistent with the values of their families.
“We must remember that every child who is a part of the SRE program is there because their parents chose to enrol them and chose the religious affiliation according to their beliefs.”
The campaign comes on the back of a survey by McCrindle Research that found 99 per cent of people believe it is important to teach values to Australian school students, with 84 per cent believing Christian heritage has been influential in shaping the values that we teach children.
It also found that parents overwhelmingly want the choice of faith-based values education, with only 16 per cent of those surveyed opposed to giving parents this choice.
“Our experience is that the more information we provide parents, the more they are choosing the option of SRE for their children, so we are hoping this wide-spread campaign ensures that more parents are informed,” Mr Norman said.