Pakistan’s Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has introduced a major educational reform with its new Religious Education Curriculum 2023, now approved for students from grades I to XII. This change is particularly significant for the minority communities in Pakistan, as it addresses their long-standing request for a more inclusive education system. Traditionally, Islamic studies were mandatory for all students, regardless of their faith. However, the new curriculum offers a diverse choice for non-Muslim students, including teachings from seven different religions: Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Kalasha, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism.

This development celebrates the country’s religious diversity and aims to enhance understanding and respect among students for different beliefs. Officially approved on January 22, 2024, this inclusive curriculum is a significant step forward in acknowledging minority rights and has been warmly welcomed by Christian organizations and other minority groups. These groups have long advocated for such reforms to ensure that the education system respects and recognizes the religious identities of all citizens. This decision marks a key milestone in the journey towards equal educational opportunities for all in Pakistan.