National Conference on Religious Education in Pakistan: Institutions, Curricula, Problems, and Solutions
The religious education in Pakistan is basically divided into two main streams. One stream comprises Dīnī Madrasas which are controlled by independent Madrasa Boards that have been established by various religious schools of thought in the country. The other stream pertains to colleges, universities and other institutions that are patterned along the modern western educational system. This stream can be further subdivided into two types: public institutions and private institutions. In spite of many commonalities, the curricula, institutional setups, objectives, and outcomes of these three types of institutions are quite different, apparently irreconcilably, from each other.
The graduates of these different streams turn out to have developed quite different levels of competence, modes of articulation, and basic cultural orientation. Concerns have been expressed by various scholars and educationists that these different streams of religious education in the country need to be unified for a harmonious society. As a result, a heated debate is taking place in the Pakistani society on the nature of religious educations, its objectives, and possibilities of integration of the two streams. The present conference is designed to contribute to this debate in a constructive and professional manner, by bringing together scholars, experts, and those in control of the institutions of religious educating, at one forum.
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