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Religious Education


The Catholic School strives to make the reign of God visibly present in every dimension of its educational enterprise. Through Religious Education it does this by offering, in the Catholic tradition, a well-rounded programme as a light to illumine every learner's search for the meaning of life, and for the way to live it. It leads learners, in partnership with family and faith community, to understand and value their own faith, and the faiths of others, while deepening their spiritual and moral appreciation of life. 


CIE National Religious Education Department

The Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) is called to serve Catholic schools in South Africa so that they are enabled to make the above vision a reality. The Religious Education Department of CIE identifies the following needs:

  • Religious Education policy development and advocacy
  • Integration of Religious Education into the National Curriculum
  • Support for owners and schools implementing the Deeds of Agreement
  • Theological literacy of the whole school staff together with an understanding of the ethos and special character of the Catholic School
  • Development of the spirituality, personal growth and pastoral care of educators
  • Training, organisation, and support of religious educators
  • Development of curriculum and resources for primary and secondary Religious Education


Paul Faller - Coordinator
John McCormick - Field worker & Materials developer
Atty Sobayeni - Field worker

2017 Projects

  • Implementation of a draft Core RE Curriculum for primary and secondary schools (Gr R-12)
  • Curriculum research and consultation
  • Development of short courses for CPTD purposes
  • Development of an Advanced Certificate in Religious Education (NQF Level 6) 
  • Meditation in schools (workshops, training courses and accompaniment with resources)
  • National Grade 6 and Grade 9 Tests

Contact Paul Faller paulf@cie.org.za for further information

Ongoing Services

The Religious Education Department of the CIE offers the following services to help meet the above needs. This applies to all grades of schooling, R-12. Services are offered in consultation and collaboration with regional Catholic Institute of Education Offices and Catholic Schools Offices:


  • Monitoring national policy
  • Policy consultation
  • Policy development workshops


  • Curriculum development in primary and secondary schools
  • Curriculum implementation workshops

Materials Development

  • Policy instruments
  • Curriculum handbooks, lesson plans and materials
  • Occasional Books
  • eMagazine and newsletter (Professional Society)
  • Annual calendar of religious festivals

See: Religious Education Publications

See: Meditation Resources


Teacher Development

  • Echoing The Word course for religious educators (Certified by the local bishop)
  • Short courses for CPTD purposes
  • Workshops on any topic relevant to religious educators


  • Communication with schools, regional offices, and relevant organisations nationally
  • Organisation of religious educators through the Professional Society
  • International relationships with relevant institutions and organisations 



Workshops are run in regions with clusters of schools, or at particular schools on request.

  • For cluster workshops, a charge per head will be levied for catering purposes. The amount will depend on the nature and length of the event. 
  • For workshops or any other services requested by particular schools, the following rates apply: R300/hour or R2500/day negotiable.

RE Weblinks

To download a list of Religious Education web links, please click here.


CIE supports poor Catholic schools in South Africa who have many desperate needs. We strive to give every child in our schools the education they deserve.