By JEFFREY BECKERLEA/ATHLETESWALKThe world’s Christian population is expected to double by 2050, to an estimated 10.5 billion people, according to the United Nations.
Christians are set to become the largest religious group by 2050.
A report released last week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said the population of Christians could surpass 1.5bn by 2030.
“There are a number of different ways in which we can help to accelerate Christian education,” said Matthew Wright, chief executive of Christian Education UK.
“Our schools have a huge impact on their communities and our children’s futures.”
We need to make sure we continue to build on the success we’ve had so far.””
We’ve built up a network of more than 1,000 schools across the UK that are dedicated to teaching Christian values in a world where Christianity is now a global religion.
“Wright said the government was investing £1.5billion in a new network of Christian education schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
He said this was the first investment by the government in a non-profit organisation.”
This is a critical investment in the future of Christian schooling in the UK and the first such investment of this kind to be made by any government,” he said.
He pointed to the success of the National Christian Education Service, which opened a primary school in Liverpool in May, as evidence that more schools could be built.”
The NCEES was a massive success story for the school system in the North East and the South East of England,” he added.
The new school is a key part of the government’s drive to get Christians into primary schools.
The NCCS has already been running three schools in Liverpool, where pupils from the local Church of England faith are the majority.
It opened a school in Glasgow last month.
The first is in Glasgow’s St Andrews Primary School.
The next is in the city’s Holy Trinity School in Glasgow and the last is in St Andrews Catholic Primary School in the centre of Glasgow.”
I think we’re seeing a lot of momentum in the education sector for the future,” Wright said.”
It’s the fastest growing sector of education in the country.
“In Scotland, the number of Christian schools is expected reach 7,000 by the end of the decade.
The government hopes to build up the number to 10,000.
The number of schools run by Christian faith has increased by 80 per cent since the early 2000s, according the Education Trust.
However, Wright said that only around 2 per cent of Christian schoolchildren attended primary schools in England in the last academic year.”
Most schools are not looking to increase the number they have in the schools, they’re looking to expand their numbers,” he explained.”
That means schools in Scotland are having to increase their numbers.
“And we’ve got to ensure we get more Christian schools in the school curriculum, so they’re more able to be effective.”
The government has committed to funding at least five new schools for the next two years.
Wright believes that by 2030, Christian schools should have at least 150 primary schools running, as well as a network around 100 schools across Scotland.
He says the government needs to work with parents and schools to ensure the children in these schools are given the best possible start.
“They’re going to be looking for an alternative for a better education,” he concluded.
“Parents will be making decisions about what they’re going into their children’s education.”
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