Sindh Schools to Embrace Diversity with Inclusion of Seven Religions in Curriculum

In a landmark decision, the federal government of Pakistan has initiated an inclusive educational reform by incorporating the study of seven distinct religions into the curriculum of schools in Sindh. This progressive move is designed to cater to the educational needs of minority students, fostering a sense of respect and understanding for diverse religious backgrounds.

The revised curriculum includes Baha'ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Kailash, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Aimed at accommodating the religious diversity of Pakistani students, the curriculum development has been an extensive process, overseen by the Sindh Education Department. Specifically, textbooks for classes up to grade five have been developed and printed, reflecting the content of these seven religions.

Dr. Fauzia, the Chief Advisor of the Curriculum School Education Department, reported that there are currently over sixty thousand students from various religious minorities enrolled in the region’s schools. She emphasized the significance of this curriculum overhaul, highlighting that the subject of ethics has been broadened to 'religious studies', which now includes teachings from all the covered religions.

One of the key aspects of this initiative is the recruitment of teachers qualified to deliver this diverse and inclusive curriculum. Dr. Fauzia assured that the recruitment process would commence shortly, ensuring that the program is implemented effectively.

With an enrollment of over 361,485 minority students in Sindh's education system, this initiative addresses a significant need for religious inclusivity in education. By offering faith-based education to minority students, the government is actively working to create an educational environment that is not only diverse but also harmonious and respectful of all religious identities. This initiative marks a substantial step towards nurturing an inclusive society, where differences in faith are acknowledged and celebrated.