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Schools in Sydney Witness Increase in Enrollment of Muslim and Hindu Students: Is Australia’s Religious Profile Changing?

According to latest figures, almost 30 per cent of the entire student population of the state has declined association with any religion".

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According to latest data, Hinduism and Islam and growing religions in the schools of New South Wales. Pixabay
  • Public schools have witnessed a rise in the enrollment of Muslim and Hindu students
  • According to survey by NSW Department of Education, about 20, 000 Hindu students have sought admissions this year
  • Shockingly, almost 30 per cent of the students have associated themselves with “no religion”

Australia , August 29, 2017 : Public schools in Sydney have witnessed a huge rise in the enrollment of Muslim and Hindu students while the population of Christian students is on a decline. This has been discovered by a recent survey by the New South Wales Department of Education, which revealed the growing figures of Muslim and Hindu students. According to the official data, the tally of Muslim and Hindu students enrolled this year has now touched 52,000 and 20,000, respectively.

The Rising Tally of Hindu-Muslim Students

Islam is the second largest religion of Australia, after Christianity, followed by Buddhism and Hinduism.

It was found that about 52,000 public school students now identify themselves as Muslim; a 2,000 person increase from last year’s enrollment.

As per data, 445 out of 507 students at Punchbowl Boys High School are listed as Islamic while 91 percent students at Auburn West Public School have identified as Muslims.

The state is also the preferred location for most residing Hindus of Australia with over 20,000 Hindu students in the state- this makes for a 7 per cent increase than 2016 figures.

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, last year about 50,000 Muslim students were enrolled in public schools while the figures of Hindu students stood at 18,600.

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Students’ Tally of Pupils Belonging to Other Faiths

In comparison to the two faiths, the tally of Anglicans has fallen from 105,300 in 2016 to 99,000 this year. Additionally, a fall has also been observed in Protestant, Baptist and Presbyterian religions.

While the tally of children identifying as Catholic (other) has also witnessed a decline, the figures of Catholic (Western/Roman) students enrolled in schools this year have remained unchanged at 103,000.

However, shockingly, over 230,000 pupils choose to associate themselves with “no religion”. They make up almost 30 per cent of the entire student population of the state.

The high tally of children who do no associate with any religion has prompted parents and school authorities alike to define the structure of classes based on ethics instead of those in scriptures.

At present, about 30 per cent of the primary schools in the state offer ethics classes however they remain outside the domain of government funding.


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What is the Symbolic Element Christening Gowns in Christendom?

Significance of Baptism in Christian tradition

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baptism is a highly-revered Christian ceremony that has a lot of symbolism. Pixabay

First of all, baptism is a highly-revered Christian ceremony with a lot of symbolism that is traced to biblical times. We will tell you a story that will both excite as well as educate you on the origin of this highly symbolic Christian tradition.

According to Christian beliefs, everyone born on earth comes with the ‘original sin.’ The history of this concept is traceable to the biblical story about the origin of mankind.

Where It All Began

It’s said that when God created the world, he created a man called Adam and later created his wife called Eve from his ribs when he was caused to fall asleep. They were both living in the Garden of Eden.

One day, the devil came to convince Eve to eat the fruit from a tree at the center of the garden against God’s instructions. The tree was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The devil told Eve to eat of the tree and also give to Adam. That they will be as wise as God.

Eve did as she was told and also gave to her husband. Their act grieved God a lot, and He cursed and banished them from the garden.

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Christian attachment to the act of baptism or christening is very strong. Pixabay

The Coming of Jesus Christ

Many years later, while mankind was suffering from the consequences of the original sin committed by our progenitors, God decided to have mercy and sent His only begotten son, Jesus, to be the Messiah that will save the whole of mankind.

When Jesus was grown up, he requested John the Baptist to baptize him in the River Jordan as a sign that all sins have been washed away from him.

Immediately after Jesus’ baptism, a white dove descended from heaven and perched on his head while God’s voice bellowed from heaven telling the world to behold His beloved son with whom He is well pleased.

Baptism as a Christian Tradition

Thus, began a serious Christian attachment to the act of baptism or christening. This particularly significant ceremony or tradition is performed at babyhood with white as the most preferred color as it was the dove’s color.

White is said to symbolize purity after the washing away of sins. This is why most christening gowns canada, just like a huge fraction of Christian countries, come in white.

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Baptism is a highly symbolic Christian tradition. Pixabay

On the Use of One Christening Gown Passed Down for Generations

The significance of the christening gown has gained massive acclaim within the Christian fold in such a way that most families have adopted the use of a single christening gown for baptizing or christening their babies for generations.

You will be surprised that quite a good number of christening gowns canada are pieces of a family heirloom that has been used for generations to preserve family legacies and heritage of many great Canadian families.

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The significance attached to the christening gown is further heightened by the fact that it is used only once in a lifetime. It is quite a memory to preserve, and most adults always appreciate the feeling of nostalgia that they have when they set eyes on their christening photographs.

In conclusion, in some Christian denominations, one can never be fully accepted if one did not undergo baptism as a baby.