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Monday, 15 March 2010

Petition For Equitable Learning for "All" In Pakistan

On the Pakistan High Commission website it has been highlighted that Britian is to increase it's International Development Fund for Pakistan to £665m.The British Pakistani Christian Association, petitions the Uk Government, to ensure that effective accountability and traceability of the usage of these funds in guaranteed.

We commend the Government's fund towards overall holistic improvement to the Pakistani Education Ssystem. However,we petition the Government of the UK to ensure that a portion of these funds from the educational reform segment of the grant are utilised towards eradicating the disparity of educational and employment oppurtunity for minority faith groups in Pakistan.

Only 7% of Minority faith groups in Pakistan are literate,compared with 50% of the majority Muslim community.Minority faith groups in the main live in improvished communities and over 85% of them work as domestic labour.

Ways to improve learning and encourage more learners form minority communities could include:

1. Removing Islamic studies and creating a fairer religious studies course uniformly throughout all schools. This would eradicate the fear of prosletysing of young people.

2. Providing options for Undergraduate course in mixed religious studies and particular specialisation other than,and including Islamic studies.

3. Making it mandatory that Children should remain in School till atleast 16 years of age.

4.Providing free education to very deprived families and subsidies for uniforms and school dinners.

5. Teaching the input of other faiths in the establishment of Pakistan and not just Muslim figures - much like in Britian we now have "Black History"

Please sign our petition below:

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