Islamabad: Hayat-Lifeline Campaign has launched Pakistan’s first curriculum regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) during a national conference in a local hotel here yesterday. Launching of curriculum has been done in an attempt to give formal education to youngsters on SRHR.
Curriculum has been developed through close engagement of supreme religious scholars, government officials, parents, teachers and youngsters. Long awaited curriculum has been launched in two different levels separately for young boys and girls. Level One is for 10-12 years old children while Level Two is designed for youngsters of age 13-15.
A number of renowned religious leaders and political personalities participated in the launching ceremony. The event was distributed in four different sessions with various speakers talking to the audience on different aspects of SRHR education.
State Minister Baleeg-ur-Rehman was the guest of honor while among other esteemed guests were Former Minister of Industries Jahangir Tareen, Former Minister for Population Bagum Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Chairman Roet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Famous Poet Amjad Islam Ajmad, Head Jamia Naeeemi Lahore Dr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi, General Secretary Wifaqul Maddarass Molana Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri, Member Roet-e-Hilal Committee Qari Abdul Rasheed, Chairman Ulema Council Pakistan Hafiz Tahir Asharfi, Chief Executive Inter-religion council Balochistan Molana Abdul Mateen Akhonzada and Famous Religious Scholar Allama Amin Shaheedi, Federal Secretary Ministry of Capital Development and Authority (CAD) Faridullah Khan, Youth Leader Ali Moeen Nawazish, Senior Professor and Film Maker Ijaz Gul, Senior Educationist Professor Abdul Rehman Ludhyanvi, Wife of Indonesian Ambassador Liftiya Wadi Burhan, Members National Assembly Marvi Memon and Tariq Mehmood Chaudhry and High Commission of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Mr. Suhrab Hossain. The mega event was hosted and moderated by senior journalist Talat Hussain.
Several Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) were also signed between Hayat-Lifeline and different government departments such as Youth Affairs Department Govt. of Balochistan, Women Development Department Govt. of Sindh, Population Welfare Department Govt. of Punjab, Social Welfare Department Govt. of Balochistan, Sports and Youth Affairs Department Govt. of Sindh and Social Welfare Department Govt. of Punjab.
Baleeg-ur-Rehman launched the curriculum in the third session of the ceremony, and admired the initiative. He also stated that federal government should also take all necessary steps to eliminate the loopholes in our current education system.
Former federal minister of industries Jahangir Tareen also shared his thoughts at the event, saying that education of youngsters is of great importance. He also referred to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s education policy as KPK government has reserved a huge amount of budget for education. He stated that developing a curriculum on SRHR was indeed tough and Hayat-Lifeline has done a great job doing this.
Former Minister for Population Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali addressed the audience during the first session, and stated that an important matter such as SRHR education should not be overlooked just because it is considered to be a taboo in our society.
Chairman Roet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman stated that age factor should be kept in mind when spreading such education. General Secretary Wifaqul Maddarass Molana Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri referred to religious institutes, saying that student in religious institutes are given this education.
Chairman Ulema Council Pakistan Hafiz Tahir Asharfi termed Hayat-Lifeline’s initiate as great, saying that time has come to address these issues because there are several problems due to these social problems.
Federal secretary ministry of Capital Development and Authority (CAD) Faridullah Khan fully endorsed the campaign and curriculum authorities at the federal level would help the campaign implement this curriculum.
Amjad Islam Amjad elaborated the role of a father in educating and guiding the children. He was of view that being the caretaker of the whole family, role of the father is really crucial. Youth Leader Ali Moeen Nawazish discussed the key problems faced by youngsters these days. He stated in clear terms that parents and teachers usually don’t guide adolescents on such issues.
Fourth and the final session was based on panel discussion in which supreme religious leaders Dr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi and Allama Amin Shaheedi had a fruitful debate with media giants such as Kashif Abbasi, Nadeem Malik, Dr. Moeed Pirzada, Javed Iqbal, Asma Shirazi and Talat Hussain. Senior PML(N) leader Marvi Memom was also a part of the discussion.
Religious leaders in detail answered the questions raised by participants on Islamic perspective of SRHR knowledge. Marvi Memom was of view that it is a great thing that religious scholars are thoroughly involved in the program to clear concerns over such sensitive topics.
Giving vote of thanks, Chief Executive Hayat-Lifeline Campaign admired the role of all stakeholders in developing SRHR curriculum. He stated that launching is just the first step as the campaign is intended to implement the curriculum in schools. And for that, he asked government officials, religious scholars, media and other stakeholders to continue supporting the cause.
Hayat-Lifeline Project is an advocacy campaign working for awareness among adolescents regarding SRHR for past couple of years. Prior to launch of the curriculum, the campaign conducted three different studies to evaluate the current situation and education needs of youngsters regarding SRHR. Hayat-Lifeline Campaign has been supported and acknowledge by Supreme Religious Leaders like Head Jamia Banoria Mufti Muhammad Naeem, Chancellor Jamia Haqqania Akora Khattak Molana Sami-ul-Haq, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Dr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi and Allama Abbas Komaili.