Pakistan

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to monitor the use of aid given to Pakistan to enhance education, to ensure that it is not diverted to the teaching of radical fundamentalism or intolerance, and that such aid assists in the promotion of mutual respect, freedom of speech and religion, and tolerance of minorities.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Pakistan is facing an education emergency; in response the UK Government will get 4 million more children into school by 2015. To help ensure that UK aid is not being used to support the teaching of hate in Pakistani schools, the Department for International Development (DfID) is working with the Pakistani authorities to: support a curriculum audit and a textbooks development process to ensure all textbooks promote peace and co-existence; improve teachers' recruitment and training processes; and strengthen the education system so that poor children have access to mainstream schooling.

All of DfID's education programmes in Pakistan are carefully monitored, including through third party verification as necessary, to make sure that aid is reaching its intended recipients and delivers results.

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