Committee on Character Education Marks Significant Progress

Islamabad, Pakistan – March 22, 2024: Under the directives of the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, the National Rehmatul lil Aalameen Wa Khatamun Nabiyyin Authority (NRKNA) convened the second meeting of the committee focused on Character Education on March 22, 2024. The meeting, held at the NRKNA office in Islamabad, brought together key stakeholders to deliberate on vital aspects of character education in Pakistan.
Chaired by Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Nadeem, Chairman of NRKNA, the meeting witnessed the active participation of esteemed members including Mr. Mehmood Ahmad, Chairman of the Character Education Foundation (CEF), Mr. Tariq Saleem Lone, former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Zafar Mehmood Malik, DG, NRKNA, Dr. Shafqat Ali Janjua, the Director NCC, Mr. Suhail Bin Aziz, the Director NRKNA, and Dr. Riffat Jabeen Director Federal Directorate of Education.
Mr. Mehmood Ahmad gave a detailed presentation on the Character Education Foundation, outlining the 25-point character education framework and its alignment with various educational pillars. Insights shared by Mr. Zafar Mehmood Malik, Director General of NRKNA, emphasizing the importance of identifying teaching-learning processes for character-based education and the significance of monitoring student progress beyond school premises.
Mr. Saleem Tariq Lone discussed the “Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Act 2017” and the necessity for a robust mechanism for teaching the Holy Quran. Dr. Shafqat Ali Janjua gave an overview of ongoing initiatives related to teaching the Holy Quran and the incorporation of Seerat topics in the curriculum. Mr. Suhail Bin Aziz emphasized integrating character education into existing subjects along with identifying multipronged strategies of teacher training, co-curricular activities and family involvement. Dr. Riffat Jabeen gave insight into strengthening the system of teaching the Holy Quran and the implementation of instructional guides for teachers.
The meeting concluded with Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Nadeem highlighting the significance of the discussions and expressing gratitude to all participants for their valuable contributions. He emphasized the need to focus on the basic ideology of religion and ensure a pleasant learning experience for students.
Furthermore, the committee recommended the addition of a separate chapter titled “Islamic Education and Character Building” to the upcoming National Education Policy 2024, with NRKNA leading the development. Moreover, a sub-committee comprising key members to work on objectives, policies, and initiatives related to character education was also formed. The sub-committee will present its report within 10 working days, focusing on identified gaps, monitoring mechanisms, and integration of activities so that the Character Education initiative may kick off from the start of the new academic year.