This is about placating Islam sensibilities, full stop.
Finland used to be a understood as a homogeneous Christian nation, with the Lutheran church playing a key pivotal role in instructing future generations in the civil society. Christian norms and values was part and parcel of the average Finns routing social and societal experience. The challengers to that ancient arrangement has been traditionally from atheists and agnostics who reject religious instruction of the youth, which has now been co-opted by (placating) forces who want to ensure Muslims in Finland are not confronted in any way with Finland’s Christian character. The march towards a Christian-free Finland has been a steady one, and of course the Muslims haven’t been complaining one bit.
NOTE: The Finnish Left and atheists along with their opposition lackeys, securing a post-Christian Finland, making them into pagans before they turn them into Muslims.
Finnish daycare centres drop grace before meals, hymns still allowed
New early childhood education guidelines from the Finnish National Agency for Education that took effect in August forbid daycare workers from saying Christian prayers before meals. Children are instead being taught about a variety of religions and ethics.
Early childhood education is now religiously non-aligned in Finland.
Until August many daycare centres still included a moment of prayer, or grace, spoken in unison prior to a meal. Now young children will no longer hear “Amen” as part of their early childhood education, as per the new curriculum from the Finnish National Institute for Education (NIE) that came into effect in August.
Saying grace is considered a religious practice by the institute, and so no longer has a place in early childhood education (EEC).
This is the first nationwide mandate on early childhood education in Finland; prior to the obligatory guideline staff at daycare facilities would choose for themselves whether to say grace – and no records of practices were kept.
In the Veteli daycare centre in Ostrobothnia the staff decided to drop grace immediately, opting instead for a food-related nursery rhyme they penned themselves.
Daycare manager Auli Honkaniemi says the children were immediately on board with the change, while some employees were less enthusiastic.
“It’s a big change and a little sad, too, but this is how we do things now,” says Honkaniemi.
Ethics, different religions taught instead
Instead of religious teaching, EEC in Finland now offers children information on ethics and world religions, as well as agnosticism and atheism.
“The goal is for each child to receive support in their personal growth and identity formation,” says specialist Kirsi Tarkka from the NIE. “Ethics teaching is also all about helping children identify with people from different cultures and religious backgrounds. Different beliefs are discussed.”
The institute has yet to produce any official literature on ethics in early childhood education, but announces it will be distributing verbal guidelines this year.
“The guide will be made as clear and concrete as possible, so that the vision remains the same in the whole sector,” Tarkka says.
Church collaboration, hymns still allowed
Many daycare centres in Finland have a long tradition of working with local Lutheran Christian churches. Members of the clergy have been known to perform matins and other devotional ceremonies for small children.
The National Institute of Education does not plan to end cooperation with churches despite the new winds blowing in early childhood education; churches are in fact named as official collaborators.
“We need to start thinking about this collaboration in a new light, and parishes also need to think about how to best work together,” Tarkka says.
Many religious songs and hymns are part of broader Finnish culture and history, and singing them is not enough to make an event or situation religious in nature.
Some 72 percent of Finland’s population identifies as Lutheran, down from nearly 90 percent in 1990.
Tarkka says that Christmas church service may still be organised for children in daycare – but the parents of children need to give their express permission for their offspring to attend, and other alternatives need to be considered.
“The end-of-daycare ceremony is often organised in a church, where the children are blessed before entering the primary school. But not all kids will be able to attend, and it can be sad for a child to be left out. Something else should be organised for them.”
Honkaniemi in Veteli says that her daycare centre does just that, putting together alternative festivities for the non-religious.
NOTE II: Make no mistake, the marxists at YLE are giddy about it, the end game is to eventually erase all Christian life from the country. What’s left is a mishmash of their (the Left’s) choosing which will be no match for the Muslims, who eventually will comprise numbers that will effectively rival and then surpass that of the host nation’s. Crazy they’ll say, “you’re speaking conspiratorial rubbish” they’ll quip, but tell that to the former Christian nations of Turkey and around the Levant, they know that Islam is exceedingly patient and successful in gradually turning nations into submissive members of the ummah.