31/03/2012 10:45 BST | Updated 31/03/2012 10:55 BST

Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams: Lord's Prayer Should Be Taught In Schools

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Lord's Prayer should be taught in school, as a survey reveals that almost 50% less children know the Christian orison than their parents did at a similar age.

Dr Williams told the BBC that the Lord's Prayer should be taught to children, stressing that the litany was "not a very big or complicated thing."

"I'd like to see schools introducing children to the Lord's Prayer, so that they know it's there, they know what it means and why it matters and then they can make up their minds later about whether they want to use it."

"Not that you've got to pray this, but that it's something that's really, really important to lots and lots of people, and it can change their lives."

His emphasis on Christian teaching in schools comes amid an ongoing debate among senior members of the clergy, many of whom believe that their faith is being sidelined in education.

Earlier this month, the Church of England set out a plan to introduce 200 new faith schools across Britain. Church schools must argue their cause in a time where faith-based schooling is increasingly at risk, suggests the report.

However the survey suggested that children are more likely to say that religion is important to them now, compared with children growing up in the 1970's.

The survey was carried out by CBBC's Newsround to mark 40 years of the show being on air.

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