The Religious Education Syllabus is designed to provide students with opportunities to participate in the age-long search of human beings for the meaning and purpose of life, and to facilitate an appreciation and an affirmation of their own sense of uniqueness and identity. It is intended to assist them in understanding the concept of god in religions. It also seeks to help them become aware of the interconnectedness among God, human beings and the world. The syllabus exposes students to different religious ideas, values and ways of expressing them so that they can interact meaningfully with people of different religious and cultural persuasions in the Caribbean and the world.
Further, the syllabus seeks to foster understanding, appreciation and respect for the religious, ethnic, cultural, political and other aspects of plurality in the Caribbean. It is intended that the study of the Religious Education Syllabus will help students to understand their society and the belief systems of others, clarify their own belief systems, deal with problems, and resolve conflicts.
The Religious Education syllabus is made up of a Compulsory Core and four Options. Each candidate must study the Compulsory Core and ONE Option. The Core emphasises the beliefs and practices of four world religions and six indigenous religions in the Caribbean. This section is intended to provide a foundation for the study of the central concepts of the religions that will follow in the four Options listed below: