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Pakistan madrassa reforms in tatters
Islamabad, July 17: The government has virtually shelved a US-aided, multi-million dollar
plan to reform madrassas considered nurseries of terrorism, as it has
failed to garner the support of clerics.
The government initiated the project in 2002 in a bid to introduce a more secular curriculum in madrassas.
project sought to introduce computer skills, science, social studies
and English into the overwhelmingly religious curriculum at thousands
of madrassas across the country.
Utility: "We had a huge budget
of Rs 5,759 million ($71 million) to provide madrassa students with
formal education but we could not utilise it," Education Ministry
spokesman Atiqur Rehman said.
"The Interior Ministry held talks
with various madrassas... but many of them refused to accept the
government's intervention," said Mufti Gulzar Ahmed Naeemi, a senior
official of the mainstream Sunni clerics alliance, Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat.
As a result, the government has failed to meet the target of reforming around 8,000 religious schools within five years.
"We reached 507 madrassas only, spending Rs 333 million and the rest of the [money] – Rs 5,426 million has lapsed," Rehman said.
to government records, there are at least 15,148 madrassas in Pakistan
with more than two million students – around five percent of the 34
million children in formal education.
But officials suspect many
more remain unregistered, becoming the only source of education for
thousands of impoverished children across the country.
majority of the madrassas get the required funds from local businessmen
and traders, along with religious foundations, charities and Pakistanis
The Education Ministry says it introduced the
"latest computer technology" to 30 madrassas and paid the salaries of
950 teachers on a three-year scheme.
Expiry: "We will pay these
teachers until June 30 in 2010 and then this project will be closed
because no more madrassas are being included in the reform project,"
the ministry spokesman said.
Teachers who participated in the
scheme are desperately worried about the future of their pupils if
their new lessons are scrapped.
"This programme must be
continued. The madrassa students are getting real benefits out of it
and are entering the field of formal education and computer
technology," one of the teachers said. "I'm paid 3,000 rupees by the
government for this job. My contract ends on June 30 in 2010 but I plan
to continue this duty. This is really national service," he said.
Rawalpindi, Syed Haseenuddin Shah recalled one of his students who
switched from religious studies to computer science and ended up with a
"There are so many students following him who regularly attend computer classes in the madrassa," Shah said.
analysts believe the government's military onslaught against the
Taliban could improve prospects for reviving plans to reshape the role
"Any effort by the government at this point will
show they are determined to curb terrorism by all ways and means,"
defence analyst Talat Masood said, calling on Islamabad to re-launch
the programme and provide free education. afp
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Talimi Basta to promote street kids schooling
Karachi: Non-governmental organization Teachers' Resource
Center's "Talimi Basta" prepared in consultation with psychologists has
been proving very helpful in promoting education, particularly amongst
little students of street schools and street children.
survey on Thursday it was learnt that although several street schools
are functioning in backward areas of the city, particularly in the
limits of Layari, Malir, Keamari and Baldia Towns, but no remarkable
development could be achieved so far to get all children of very poor
parents enrolled at them.
The TRC views that old conventional
teaching system could not bear fruits and as a result a large number of
children do not take interest in getting admission to next classes
after passing primary class while a number of them used to leave school
at the time when they are students of one or two class.
interest and zeal amongst children aged three to six year for getting
education and attending their classes regularly, the NGO, in
consultation with psychologists and under latest research, has
formulated a school bag named as 'Talimi Basta'- the educational kit.
Talimi Basta contains educational training materials-20 number cards,
15 cello fan cards, 146 cut pieces of pictures, 146 color cards, 12
story books in Urdu, 11 story books in English, 35 ABC cards, 26
Alphabets cards, 10 digits cards, five picture puzzles, 10 cards of
Urdu words, 10 cards of English words, 150 pearls, 75 buttons, one
magnifying glass, one magnet and 76 cards showing pictures of different
species of animals and plants, vegetables, fruits, vehicles and
domestic articles. TCR has to bear Rs3750 to prepare a Talimi Basta.
Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Ms. Sharmila Faruqui who along with
experts of TCR visited a street school located in Baghdadi, Lyari Town
yesterday and distributed Talimi Basta among 30 children aged three to
six year, told PPI on Thursday that Talimi Basta prepared under latest
child psychology research has been proving fruitful as the learning
skills improved in children who were given Talimi Basta at different
schools so far.
She further said that to expand the range of the
project to more street schools and government and private schools,
philanthropists and other NGOs would have to contribute to it as only
one NGO could not distribute this costly kit among all students at
street schools of the city.
She recalled that she had given Talimi
Busta to students at schools in Karachi Jail and Edhi Center. She was
of the view that no education could be promoted until you create a zeal
amongst little children aged three to seven year for learning
education, which is impossible without adopting latest education
learning system like that of European countries.
She noted that
knowledge of language, mathematics and science is base of a better
education and Talimi Basta carters needs of little children in this
connection. The Nation
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