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Pluralistic Education Modules
By: SDPI

Partner: Minority Rights Group, UK

Year: 2008

Introduction:

In order to establish just and progressive societies, it is paramount for nations to recognize the rights of their citizens irrespective of religious and ethnic background. In order to create an emancipated society, free of dogma, suppression and backward tendencies, it is important to practice the pluralistic traditions of South Asia. Living in multi-cultural society, it is important to respect diversity, especially religious diversity. Curriculum and textbooks play an important role in shaping beliefs and attitudes of students towards minority groups. In order to achieve the objective of mutual respect, students from elementary school level should be familiar with myths and stories and great personalities and saints associated with other religions. They should learn to value religious diversity and to celebrate it without losing their own individuality. SDPI in previous years has indicated through empirical research, shortcomings of existing curriculum in appreciating social and religious diversity. SDPI in partnership with Minority Rights Group UK started an initiative that would focus on preparation of curriculum modules. These modules would be units of material that are inclusive and representative of religious minorities. These modules would be taught to students belonging to all religion. An attempt would be made through a panel of eminent educationists, networking partners, and media to have these modules introduced at government and non-government educational institute.