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Published Date: Mar 4, 2013

UN Forum adopts Pak researcher?s recommendations

United
Nations Forum on Minority Issues has incorporated recommendations presented by
a Pakistani researcher in its final declaration on minority rights at a
recently held session at Geneva.

The
session of UN forum was held on the theme “Implementing declaration on rights
of minorities: identifying positive practices and opportunities.”

Afsheen
Naz, a researcher associated with Sustainable Development Policy Institute,
participated in the session and presented her recommendations for revisions of
curriculum on issues related to minorities.

She
highlighted the presence of biased material against minorities in the text
books of all the four provinces in Pakistan. She said that as education system
must promote religious tolerance, there is need for immediate revision of
curricula by incorporating minority-sensitive intercultural education as
enshrined in the UN Declaration on Minorities.

We
need curriculum that promotes plurality and counters negative stereotypes, she
added.

Part
of her recommendations have now been incorporated in final deliberations of
Human Rights Council and reads as “Human rights education for all should be
made an integral part of the national educational experience and integrate a
minority rights component. Governments should collaborate with minority rights
organisations in the development of materials relevant to minority rights and
the minority communities living in the state, and ensure that minorities are
fully reflected in and mainstreamed into school curricula. All teachers should
receive anti-discrimination, gender-sensitive and intercultural training.”