DISCERNING THE FOUNDATION OF CITIZENRY
Ideally, education is one of the most effective tools to address parochialism and ethno-religious fault lines in society, particularly in a diverse and polarized country like Pakistan. If imparted intelligently, it can help transforming tense relationships and conflicting identities. Where it concerns nurturing behaviours towards or against a community, the process confers ideological support too. Myths and stereotypes maintained against the so-called minorities speak volumes about a country’s will to accommodate diversity and inclusivity, in other words, towards plural democracy and social justice. On the other hand, it also suggests what is wrong and where in handling extremism, instability, and violence.
Discrimination and inequality are deeply entrenched malaise in our society. Education is the most significant arena to be investigated from this perspective. For all intents and purposes, it builds and sustains children’s attitudes for the rest of their lives. Potentially, the outlooks and impressions picked up through this process cast their impact in all arenas of social life. Regrettably, education in Pakistan, largely sharpens the existing divisions mainly around religious lines, supplementing the so-called ideology of Pakistan. For further details, download the whole report here.