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Public Lecture: Prof. Laima Geikina (19 September, 19h00)


What are the major hopes and challenges for religious education in Europe today?

Our distinguished international speaker Prof. Laima Geikina
will shed some light on this question based on her knowledge
about the education system in Latvia.

Latvia has just implemented the new National Curriculum (NC) of Primary and Secondary Education. The NC is defined as competence based, but in fact it refers to learning by doing. Based on constructivism and social constructionism, this new model is geared towards creating skilled professionals. The time will show what will be its implications for both confessional and non-confessional education in Latvia. Prof. Geikina will argue  that, in the case of religious education, the NC development provides a unique opportunity to integrate religious competence and religious knowledge. For the first time since 1990, when Latvia regained independence, there is a legal framework for religious education to be pursued in an integrated and holistic manner, not only in within particular denominations, but also in the ecumenical interfaith contexts.

Event Details:

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 19:00 

St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB 

*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated



Laima Geikina is a Professor of Practical Theology and a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Theology, University of Latvia. She has two doctorates: in Education (2007) and in Theology (2014). Currently she works on the project titled “Interrelationship of Theology and Praxis in the Context of Sustainable Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue.” Her areas of competence include Religious Education, Diaconia and Pastoral Care, with the focus on interculturality, inter-religiosity and person-centred approaches.

She has been involved in a number of international research projects, including her cooperation with Prof. Christo Lombard of UNISA, with whom she co-authored an article on "Spirituality and Theology: Visions, Post-secularism and Religion". This partnership has brought her to South Africa. She kindly accepted the invitation from St Augustine to offer public lecture at the College during her visit.