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.
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.