Contents of interfaith harmony and contribution of religious minorities included in Pakistani textbook


Faisalabad: Professor Anjum James Paul, Head of the Political Science Department, Government Graduate College Samundri, district Faisalabad, Chairman Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association, Information Secretary Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (Faisalabad Division) has become author of the textbook of Pakistan Studies for grade 10 (session 2021-2022) that Punjab Curriculum And Textbook Board has published. 836,900 textbooks have been published.

Professor Anjum James Paul has been member of the curriculum committees of Single National Curriculum 2020 in phase I and phase II for the subjects of Social Studies, Religious Education and History. He has been the member of the Provincial Review Committees and Textbook Review Committees in the subjects of Social Studies, History and Ethics. He is the textbook developer of “Religious Education” (for Christian students) grades I-V that National Curriculum Council, Federal Ministry of Education & Professional Training will publish for the session 2021-2022. He is the author of two units of the book on “Human Rights” for intermediate level that Allama Iqbal Open University has published.

Two topics of the textbook of Pakistan in Urdu language are presented here.

i)                    Need and Importance of Interfaith harmony, Tolerance and Resilience against Terrorism

ii)                  Contribution and Achievements of Minorities in Nation Building

PMTA is making efforts since 2004 for education reforms through advocacy, lobbying and analyses on the textbooks of Pakistan to promote diversity and peaceful coexistence through the Pakistani education system.. Pakistani religious minorities are not enjoying fully constitutionally their civil and political rights and they are facing challenges of equal citizenship, equal rights and equal opportunities. Due to religious persecution lives, beliefs, families and properties of religious minorities are always at risk. Pakistani public sector education system promotes violence, intolerance, hatred and extremism through the language and images of the textbooks against non-Islamic religions, non-Muslims and non-Islamic Civilizations. Thus Pakistani religious minorities become the direct target of the intolerance and extremism that Pakistani education system promotes. 

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