Shaping a Nation: An Examination of Education in Pakistan

Hardcover | June 1, 2010

EditorStephen Lyon, Iain R. Edgar

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The key to transforming a society into what it should be is apparently linked inextricably to education. This book draws the attention of readers to the implications of formal education for the state as a powerful tool that can convert the mindset of the masses. The book is particularlypertinent in view of how education is being used and misused in Pakistan, especially with reference to religious education. The contributors subscribe to a generally positive view of education and support efforts at widening access to formal education both in the richer and poorer parts of theworld. They recognise, however, that education comes with consequences. Some, perhaps most, of these may be perceived as beneficial, but some of those consequences are undesirable and can be highly damaging to a particular population or segment of a population. Thus, it is clear that while literacyin Pakistan has slowly but steadily improved, there has been a corresponding level of social fragmentation and dissatisfaction within the country. To illustrate their viewpoints, the contributors examine the impact of General Zia's Islamisation programmes on education in the 1980s. General Zia'sgovernment tinkered with education in such profound ways that those programmes continue to shape the scope of what is possible within formal education in Pakistan. Thus, this volume includes discussions of formal religious schools in Pakistan. The authors also examine the wide rift between thevarious state funded and private schooling opportunities available in Pakistan. State funded education currently lags behind the agreed goals set out by the UN in their Millennium Development Goals and this inadequate provision of state funded education has left a vacuum for other groups to move inand introduce rival pedagogical agendas. All of the contributions in this volume focus on particular aspects of education across Pakistan. Some are ethnographic and anthropological, some historical, some pedagogical, some are clearly influenced by social policy agendas. They seek to identify anumber of very real and complex sets of issues involved in providing high quality and mass education across Pakistan. The language of instruction, the source of financing, the nationalist and religious agendas embedded within the curricula, gender role expectations and impositions, the historicallegacies which have shaped the educational environment are all touched upon. Nestled in amongst the complex issues are examples of very high quality education and dedicated educationalists who achieve little miracles every day. Thus, this volume portrays a range of views on how education in Pakistanis, what it could be, and perhaps most importantly what it ought to be.

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The key to transforming a society into what it should be is apparently linked inextricably to education. This book draws the attention of readers to the implications of formal education for the state as a powerful tool that can convert the mindset of the masses. The book is particularlypertinent in view of how education is being used a...

Stephen Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Durham, England. He had conducted extended fieldwork in Punjab, Pakistan and Fukui, Japan with a particular focus on local models of governance and socialisation. One of his principle areas of interest lay in understanding the processes by which cultural systems in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Publisher's AcknowledgementsGeneral Editor's Introduction1. Stephen Lyon and Iain R. Edgar: Society, Culture and Politics: Examining Education in Pakistan2. Afke DeGroot: Rural Realities Observed: Future Perspectives and the Right to Education in a Coastal Village in Pakistan3. Stephen Lyon: Putting Social Engineering on the Back Burner: Teaching Priorities in Formal Education in Rural Punjab, Pakistan4. Barbara Metcalf: The Madrasa at Deoband: A Model for Religious Education in Modern India5. Aziz Talbani: Pedagogy, Power and Discourse: Transformation of Islamic Education6. Saleem H. Ali: Islamic Education and Conflict: Understanding the Madrassahs of Pakistan7. Marie Lall: What role for Islam today? The Political Islamisation of Pakistani Society8. Rubina Saigol: A Tale of Two Communities9. Ayaz Naseem: Textbooks and the Construction of Militarism in Pakistan10. Nadeem Omar Tarar: Ruled by the Pen: Literacy, Orientalism and the Colonial Order in Punjab11. Uzma Hussain: Primary Education Service Delivery in Punjab through Public-Private Partnerships12. Tariq Rahman: The Education System in Pakistan with Special Reference to Inequality13. Rukhsana Zia: Social Justice and Access to Education: A Case Study of PakistanNotes on ContributorsBibliographyIndex