Christian and muslim Activists want hate material be removed from Textbooks in Pakistan

A Report by S. Sheeky

Vertreter verschiedener Religionen besprechen am 30. März 2016 in Karachi, wie Schulmaterialien so gestaltet werden können in Pakistan, dass sie nicht mehr religiöse Intoleranz lehren. Davon würden auch verfolgte und bedrängte Christen profitieren. missio Aachen unterstützt solche Bestrebungen. Foto: NCJP

Vertreter verschiedener Religionen besprechen am 30. März 2016 in Karachi, wie Schulmaterialien so gestaltet werden können in Pakistan, dass sie nicht mehr religiöse Intoleranz lehren. Davon würden auch verfolgte und bedrängte Christen profitieren. missio Aachen unterstützt solche Bestrebungen. Foto: NCJP

A conference “Uprooting religious in-tolerance through formal education in Pakistan” was organized by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, PILER, and National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), an Institution of the Pakistan Catholic Bishopsconference, here at Karachi on 30th March, 2016. The speakers strengthened the need for formal education and removing hate based content from the text books in public schools. They noted that if society of Pakistan has to progress and express before the rest of the world that we are a peaceful and co-existent society, the structure of school education needs to be changed and curriculum has to be replaced. NCJP on the occasion also launched a booklet they have compiled on the hate content in the text books of courses of History, Social Sciences, Pakistan Studies, and Urdu and so on.

The participants of conference observed one minute silence in solidarity with the victims of Lahore bomb attack.

Shahida Rahmani, MNA, PPP, said that teachings of Islam are wrongly preached and wrongly transmitted; she added that Islam is religion which upholds rights of people equally, it asks followers to get education and explore the universe which will come through modern education. Islam tells exclusively for character building of the people in society. We need improve upon Madaris and bring them fold of public schools system, she maintained.

Speaking on the occasion Syed Hafeezuddin of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf said the problem of religious intolerance is too grave in Pakistan and can’t be handled/ tackled little efforts like research or these seminars, adding State of Pakistan is on stake. He observed that that the number of Madaris is more than schools in Pakistan. The mindset coming out of Madaris is very dangerous, he added.

Hass-Material raus aus den staatlichen Schulbüchern: missio-Partner in Karachi bei einer Konferenz. Davon würden auch verfolgte und bedrängte Christen profitieren. Foto: NCJP Pakistan

Bedrängte und verfolgte Christen, Muslime und Angehörige anderer Religionen wollen, dass aus staatlichen Schulbüchern Aussagen verschwinden, die Religionen diskriminieren. Veranstalter einer Konferenz dazu am 30. März 2016 in Karachi war auch die Nationale Kommission für Frieden und Gerechtigkeit der pakistanischen Bischofskonferenz, mit der missio Aachen zusammenarbeitet. Foto: NCJP Pakistan

He said “entire fabric of our society has been destroyed. Political opportunists have used these elements to extend their power over the years”. We need to seriously think and go ahead with right course of actions. Governments have closed their eyes on these issues. They are completely in-different towards these issues. We need to take extremist mind-sets on board. They should be brought on the table. We should engage with them, he maintained.

Shafi Muhammad Jamote, of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Sindh Chapter observed that, teachers and books are very important in changing the mind of children. He lamented that teachers are appointed on political basis and nepotism which has been one of the main reasons behind the current problems in our society.

Old syllabus could be brought back which did have respect for people of all religions. We shall demand all religious references from all text books shall be removed.

Speaking on the occasion, Karamat Ali, executive Director, PILER said, religious intolerance is extremely serious issue. And Use of religion in politics and society should be curtailed; otherwise future of this country will be bleak, the way it is heading forward.

The participants of conference observed one minute silence in solidarity with the victims of Lahore bomb attack.

Kashif Aslam of NCJP mentioned that, NCJP has been collecting and bring in mainstream the hate content in the text books in public schools in four provinces for last five years. NCJP has studied and analyzed 70 text books. He noted that the material which has been published is 25 percent of total research material collected from the text books which contain hate content against other religions, countries, and sects which actually have been impacting thousands of children are bound to study these books. He also noted that, private publishers basically publish these books; they overlook or even don’t look at the content. He said “some of the changes have been made by the governments in text books in Punjab and Sindh; however, it is far from being sufficient. The two other provinces, KPK and Baluchistan have not made any progress towards decreasing the hate content from their text books, due to political compromises”.

Dr. Charles Amjad Ali, a Martin Luther King Jr. Professor, said that, “in very short time Pakistan will create a majority into minority”. Any state which is in-capable of looking after rights of minorities, it is dysfunctional state and not a state in true sense and is not a complete state. “We still are state in making”, he added. Those who do not possess power, for them what is the ideology of state that is important. “Pakistan is the Pakistan army”, they get big benefits, they get big chunks of land, they get big chunk of the budget. He said that we need to amend and change the curriculum which actually generates hate for other religions and fellow Muslims.

Dr.Riaz Sheikh of SZABIST maintained that, society changes from the schools. In our country social construction of society has been very much based on religion and religious hatred against fellow religious people and people other religions, societal marginality in Pakistan has increased where majority has sway over the minority and space for their practice has shrunk.

Zulfiqar Shah of PILER said that, extremism and violence is increasing in society which is very dangerous for the people who want to live a peaceful life. For peaceful society we need to take this struggle at multiple fronts. Education is significant factor in achieving this aim, he added.

He noted that, education has got many issues, but nonetheless, education is the very important element which can take us to the society which is peaceful and tolerant giving space to all sections of society.

Intolerance and violence are becoming part of culture. Country needs a comprehensive social protection net, and other benefits for poor and un-employed said, ShehlaRamdin of UNICEF.

 

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