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World  (tags: Pakistan, Peshawar school, Taliban, education, peace, tolerance, pluralism, quality education, Human Rights )

- 1521 days ago -
We are dismayed and shocked at this most heinous crime against children. The question is: how do we respond? We believe that quality education which ingrains the values of peace, tolerance and pluralism is the only answer.


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Ana MESNER (201)
Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:00 pm



Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:01 pm
Petition by Shirakat, a Pakistani NGO engaged in working on human rights and women’s rights in Pakistan.
Petition opened on December 19, 2014

On 16 December 2014, seven armed men attacked Army Pubic School in Peshawar and killed 132 students in retaliation against the military operation against militants. The barbaric act is also a continuation of their express stance against education. Between 2007 and 2013 Taliban had damaged 122 schools in Swat, mostly girls’ schools according to government records. Malala Yousufzai, 15 was shot in the head by them for her advocacy on girls’ education.

We are dismayed and shocked at this most heinous crime against children in the history of Pakistan and share the parents’ grief at their loss. The question is: how do we respond? We believe that quality education which ingrains the values of peace, tolerance and pluralism is the only answer. The situation of education and particularly relevant and quality education in Pakistan needs critical attention. According to the Annual Status of Education report, nearly 60% of school-age children cannot read or write in Pakistan. Pakistan Education Task Force Report 2011 put Pakistan second in the global ranking of out-of school children.

Against the forces which do not want a tolerant society in Pakistan, we will persist and are determined to persist. We urge the Government of Pakistan to fulfill its commitments on quality education and the rights of the child. We particularly urge the Government to ensure safe educational environment for all children while ensuring that all children have access and opportunity to their fundamental right to education.

Join the campaign to raise your voice for a pluralistic society in Pakistan. We will deliver it to the president and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and provincial parliamentarians who have the power to make it happen. Add your name now.

We, the civil society representatives, parents, teachers, students, youth and other concerned individuals demand from the Government of Pakistan, national and provincial to:

Ensure delivery of quality education to all children as per its national and international commitments on the rights of the child;

Increase education budget and put systems in place so that all children have access to quality education; and

Review the curricula in all provinces to include the values of diversity, tolerance and plurality in textbooks; review committees must include civil society representatives and human rights experts. All textbooks must be reviewed by such Committees before being approved.

Slava R (1311)
Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:03 pm
signed and shared on twitter

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:11 pm
Signed and shared. Thanks Evelyn.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:25 pm
Went from 2 to 9 signatures in 15 minutes ... keep signing & sharing!

I know this NGO - its members are capable of using such a petition effectively, if they can muster enough signatures! And this is a constructive proposal

Leslie Stanick (102)
Friday December 19, 2014, 1:50 am
I urge the Pakistani government to fund schools for all children. Educating today's children will create a healthier, more productive society in the future. All of the world's children deserve to learn and benefit from education.

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday December 19, 2014, 2:29 am
Signed and Noted
Thanks for Posting

Animae C (507)
Friday December 19, 2014, 3:42 am
Thank you, your signature was added!
Signatures 36

T.Y. Evelyn

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 19, 2014, 5:23 am
Thanks for signing - please share widely!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 19, 2014, 7:55 am
Signed-thx Evelyn

Ben O (135)
Friday December 19, 2014, 8:02 am
Signed. However; -I doubt that I will see a tolerant society in Pakistan in my lifetime...

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 19, 2014, 2:58 pm
thx, they accepted a second sign from me!:)

Stan B (123)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:35 am
Signed but Ben got it right.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:54 am
Noted. So horrific.

Caroline S (78)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 6:28 am
Signed,of course but I agree with Ben O....

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 8:15 am
I also tend to agree with Ben: the challenge is ginormous!
One can only hope that shocks like this will allow space for efforts to change! Pakistan hasn't always been so intolerant of religious minorities (except when politicians play on the theme - as happened in '47-'48, across the sub(continent). But outside fiddling with social groups (promoting Al Qaeda against the USSR in particular) opened a Pandora's box in the area ... and made things so very much worse.

But one thing is certain - if concerted efforts to teach and promote tolerance & understanding are not made, extremists will continue to play on insecurity, poverty; unemployment and ignorance to promote their own power agendas. Slow change is better than NO change!

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 10:08 am
signed and noted thanks

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 12:39 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 12:39 pm
"Thank you, your signature was added." Noted. Thanks, Evelyn.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 12:40 pm
And shared on Facebook

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 12:57 pm

Thanks Evelyn - I signed yesterday as #13; hopefully it is ... a good omen ;-)! Your second para of your comment of Saturday December 20, 2014, 8:15 am nails it right on! To sum it up: it all comes always down to the key element of education. And again I can't help but "wonder" why education is never item #1 on any development aid given to 3rd wold countries as well as other who are in need ...


norma laborie (33)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:04 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:08 pm
done ty

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:10 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 1:20 pm

Roslyn McBride (30)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 2:07 pm
Signed & Noted

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 4:00 pm
signed, ty Evelyn

Sheila D (28)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 4:56 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Evelyn.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 6:47 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 9:09 pm
Campaign for a tolerant society in Pakistan

S J (130)
Saturday December 20, 2014, 10:30 pm
done, thank you Evelyn.

unfortunately, since the tragedy, Pakistan has killed more than 200 of what they call 'terrorists' and has been going on killing while people are very satisfied. the biggest political opposition now rally to support the government killing campaign.

i do hope, anyway, one day they may stop killing.

Jana Repova (65)
Sunday December 21, 2014, 8:57 am

Dawn M (141)
Sunday December 21, 2014, 11:37 am
Done, Thanks
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