Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad said on Saturday the youth should be given lessons in tolerance, interfaith harmony and coexistence. He was speaking to a six-member delegation of the STRIVE Project of the European Commission led by Project Director Richard Barret on Friday.
The project aims to strengthen resilience to extremism. European Union Ambassador Ben Scharveld, Deputy Ambassador Stefano Gatto, European Union Consul General Nadeem Irani and project member Mian Saifur Rehman apprised the minister of the aims and objectives of the project.
Ahmed said the project would help fight extremism. He said Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, had brought madrassahs into mainstream through education reforms. The minister said there were 60,000 schools in the Punjab and that the number of children being enrolled was on the rise. He said that the government was considering restarting a two-year course in comparative study of religions at public universities across the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2015.
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