Amsterdam Public Schools Will Not Give Islam Classes

Public schools in Amsterdam’s Slotervaart district will not offer Islam classes, Telegraaf reports. The classes were requested a year ago by district mayor Ahmed Marouch, who hoped that offering the classes outside the regular school-day would offer parents an alternative to religious education in the mosques. Currently, in-school Islamic classes are offered to children in Rotterdam and Lelystad. While the education is possible if parents request the classes, it is unclear whether a lack of demand for the classes stems from lack of awareness among parents or a disinterest in the classes themselves.