Civil Society Leaders in Pakistan Call for Change to Country’s Education System

ICC Note: Civil society leaders in Pakistan gathered and demanded change to the country’s educational policy and syllabus. These leaders call for policies that would promote peace and harmony between religious groups. Addressing a seminar titled “Right to Education without Prejudice and Discrimination”, leaders claimed the current education system teaches religious intolerance and leaves religious minorities behind.

05/17/2018 Pakistan (Pakistan Today) – Speakers at a seminar on Thursday said that educational policy and syllabus should be reviewed to create harmony and peace among different religions.

Addressing a seminar titled “Right to Education without Prejudice and Discrimination”, organized by the Center for Social Justice at Kasur’s Municipal Committee Hall, experts including Waqas A. Khan, Sunil Malik, Peter Jacob and Ansar Javed said that there were some words and phrases in textbooks, which created prejudice among the people of different religions and so they should be eliminated.

“The federal and provincial governments should focus on the education of minorities because they too are citizens of Pakistan,” they said while adding that teachers and religious scholars were the main pillars of the society and they should treat the children of other religions equally.

Sunil Malik said that awareness programs were being organized in different cities to create awareness among the minorities with respect to education. He added that a majority of Christian community members in Pakistan were living below the poverty line and that was why their children were less educated.

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