Pakistan: Teachers

Department for International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking on teacher training in Pakistan; and whether that training covers human rights and religious freedoms.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID’s technical assistance teams have revised teacher training programmes for induction and continuous professional development in two provinces in Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab. The new training covers human rights and religious freedom. In KP the induction programme includes a module to promote teacher tolerance in diverse classrooms and a sub-module that specifically focuses on creating an inclusive learning environment for students from religious minorities. Similarly, the Punjab Education Sector Support Programme has supported the development of induction content on diversity and inclusion and a module on diversity and inclusion in the continuous professional development programmes for all teachers in Punjab.

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