» 06/22/2012, 00.00
PAKISTAN - SRI LANKA
Sinhalese Carmelites educate girls in Pakistan
For over 30 years, a group of nuns has been working in the country, in education and health. Studies alternate with moments of prayer, Mass and catechism. Sister Mary: the first challenge, which has been overcome, was to "convince families to send girls to school." Regret for the girls' school in the "wonderful" Swat Valley, destroyed by the Taliban.
Church on the side of exploited brickkiln labourers
Education, more than economy, antidote to "Talibanization" of Pakistan
The country is held hostage by Muslim extremists who feed on ignorance and fear to maintain power. Government inertia pervades while the international community focuses on trade and weapons. Christian and Muslim leaders and intellectuals argue that any revival must start from the schools. An AsiaNews dossier on education in Pakistan.
Faisalabad: 25 years of Parish of the Assumption, built thanks to Muslims
The Arooj-e-Mariam was built by joint Christian-Muslim contributions. A solemn Mass, confirmations of a group of the faithful and the opening of a grotto marked the celebrations for the 25 years. Bishop Rufin Anthony speaks of "moment of true faith" and calls for "more churches" to be built.
Archbishop emeritus of Lahore: rethinking the curriculum, focusing on equal rights
Archbishop Saldanha invites schools to follow the ideals promoted by Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. However, the government has proved weak and unable to improve the system. Christian and Muslim Institute must enhance collaboration. The call for more funds and resources for Catholic schools, which are essential in the national school system.
Pakistani schoolbooks full of contempt and bigotry against Christians, Hindus and Sikhs
Pakistani curricula and textbooks promote extremism and violate minoritiesâ€™ rights. An NCJP study notes distortions and requests a revision of the educational system, the first source of marginalization. Although minorities are guaranteed the possibility to deepen their own religion.
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