PESHAWAR: At a launching ceremony for the report, speakers stressed the need for constitution education at secondary level to introduce students to the core duties and responsibilities of the state and those relating to the fundamental rights and freedoms of people. citizens.
This is one of the main recommendations of the report “Youth Perspective on Society, Religion and Politics: A Case Study of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Students” launched by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) based in Islamabad here.
Members of the KP Assembly, including Sardar Ranjit Singh and Wilson Wazir, as well as Supreme Court Judge of the Appellant Bench, Dr Khalid Masud, were the main attendees of the event. The report is based on surveys and discussions with students from different universities in KP.
Provincial Assembly Member (MPA) Wilson Wazir said it was the duty of lawmakers to highlight such reports on the youth perspective at parliamentary forums. He stressed the need for interfaith harmony between different segments of society, adding that hate material should be removed from programs.
MPA Sardar Ranjit Singh endorsed his colleague and assured participants that he would highlight the recommendations of the report on the KP Assembly floor and try that the same can be implemented by relevant stakeholders.
Dr Khalid Masud said there was a gap between research and policy makers, adding that diversity had become an issue. “We have to respect diversity and see it as a positive thing. “
The report recommends that the state end the practice of using education as a political tool of thought control and cleanse the curriculum of distorted historical narratives, selective histories and anti-minority content.
The Single National Program (SNC) is loaded with religious content and openly partisan of the Muslim faith, the report reads.
He stated that the origin and the brief histories of indigenous religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism etc. should be incorporated into the curricula to allow students to learn about the ancient history of their region and the different denominations.
The report states that Pakistan’s cultural diversity should be promoted as a national heritage through education and mass media. the lessons of peace and tolerance and the values of democracy must be incorporated into textbooks.
“Modern concepts of citizenship based on democratic values should be taught in educational institutions,” according to another recommendation. The report stresses that “Parliament must take the initiative and launch a debate on national identity in order to alleviate the country crisis.
“Through the media and literature, Pakistani youth should be made aware of the global implications of national extremism on the country. Discrimination based on sex must be overturned in the educational literature and women must be promoted as independent human beings and equal citizens with equal capacity. The key messages of the Paigham-e-Pakistan document should be taught to the student and critical thinking included in the curricula, ”the report suggested.
The document concluded that reading books should be encouraged among young people to help them broaden their worldview and dilute the appeal of extremism among them.
At first, PIPS director Muhammad Amir Rana, in his opening remarks, said this report was a national effort that would be extended to other provinces. He also underlined the objectives underlying the realization of this study.
PIPS program manager Ahmed Ali also highlighted various parts of the report and shared his experiences with the students during the question-and-answer session.