Pakistan: Education

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

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to seek to ensure that the educational system in Pakistan does not promote discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

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)

The UK Government strongly condemns religious persecution and we will continue to engage the Government of Pakistan on the need to uphold the social, economic and political rights of all of its citizens, regardless of faith, gender or ethnicity. We continue to raise the issue of freedom of religion and belief at the highest levels of government.

We work closely with provincial governments in areas in which we work to ensure their curriculums promote values of inclusion, diversity and religious tolerance. Through the Ilm Two programme DFID also has a programme supporting the production of additional reading materials that specifically focus on religious tolerance and inclusion.

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