Schools in Islamabad to receive ‘special course’ on animal welfare by end of October: Salman Sufi – Pakistan

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The head of Pakistani Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit, Salman Sufi, announced on Saturday that the government was preparing a “special course” on animal welfare for schools in Islamabad.

“A special course is being prepared on animal welfare which will be introduced in schools in the ICT region. Children will be introduced to compassion and a humane approach to animals so they can be better citizens,” he said in a tweet.

The course, which will be introduced in educational institutions by the end of October, has already been mapped out, Sufi said. Dawn.com by telephone.

“It will mainly be included in a subject but we are still determining which subject and which chapters,” he said, revealing that the course will be introduced “according to the intensity of the program” and will be taught to students. classes from the fifth year in private and public schools.

Sufi explained that the course would not only be included in the curriculum, but would also have extracurricular sessions.

Animal rights activists will visit schools and teach children how to keep pets. They will tell children that pets cannot be kept just for fun and will make them understand that pets are a responsibility.

“And with each course, the depth of the course will increase,” he added.

Besides pets, Sufi continued, students will also learn about stray animals. “They need to understand that you can’t throw stones at stray dogs. That it is better to sterilize these animals. That even Islam teaches us to respect every living being and insists on how animals should be protected.

And not just dogs or cats, but also donkeys and horses, he said. “Over the years we have seen how Pakistan has become a horrible place for these animals.”

Additionally, the course will include the dangers of keeping exotic pets in the home.

“We will tell children that if they can afford these wild animals, it is absolutely unfair to keep them at home and importing exotic animals is a big no,” Sufi stressed, stressing that the government was also in contact with international organizations and local activists regarding the projects.

“Our generation has let animals down, so we need to make sure our children are better than us,” he added.

Welcoming the development, Mahera Omar, co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society and animal activist, said it was important to teach children kindness towards animals.

“When they grow up with such values ​​from an early age, it leads to a more compassionate society. They learn that animals too can feel pain and have rights and needs that must be respected.

She said the news that children in Islamabad would now be able to learn about animal welfare was a “great first step” and hoped it would soon be taught in all schools across the country.

“The younger generation are also guardians of our environment, our wild spaces and native wildlife, and educating them about these issues is key to a better future for all of us,” Omar said.

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