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Pakistan: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 210013, tabled on 21 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help reform the education curricula in Pakistan to remove derogatory references to Ahmadis and other minorities.

Answered on

24 January 2019

Working with the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) DFID has supported improvements to primary English, Urdu, mathematics and general knowledge textbooks. In Punjab DFID has also supported the government to revise the primary curriculum in core subjects. HMG regularly raises freedom of religious belief issues at the highest levels with Pakistan government counterparts. DFID’s investments in education in Punjab and KP have supported 10 million primary and nearly 6 million secondary children.