Connecting the Dots: Education and Religious Discrimination in Pakistan

Education is critical. This is especially true in Pakistan, an ethnically and religiously
diverse nation of around 180 million people. Precisely because of this diversity,
education plays a critical role in the fabric of Pakistani life, with the potential of
bringing the society together or tearing it apart. Especially important are the roles
that educators play: how and what they teach and the curricula they use deeply influences whether children appreciate and respect ethnic and religious diversity or view
religious minorities negatively, as valueless and aliens in their own country. Once
instilled early in life, negative attitudes often resist change and can factor into the
disintegration of the social fabric of communities, discrimination, and even sectarian


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