On Saturday, Salman Sufi, the Head of the Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit, announced that the government’s academic authorities are developing a special course on Animal Welfare to be taught in Islamabad schools.
The course, which will be included in Grades 5 and above curricula at both private and public schools in the federal capital by the end of October, is one of several animal rights and welfare efforts spearheaded by Sufi.
According to a DAWN report, Sufi stated that the government is collaborating with international organizations and local activists on this project to educate students about pets, stray animals, and exotic pets.
Sufi described the course’s layout, saying,
“We’ve seen how Pakistan has become a horrible place for these animals over the years,” he said.
Furthermore, the course will cover the risks of keeping exotic animals at home.
Sufi continued, “We’ll teach kids that keeping wild animals at home is entirely unfair if they want and can afford to do so and that exotic animal is absolutely not allowed.”
According to Sufi, the main reason for introducing the subject “Animal Welfare” in schools is so that “children can learn what we were never taught” and that “stray animals, pet animals, and exotic animals have rights and we have to take care of them.”
“We have to take care of them in a good way, not just with words but with actions,” he insists.
The premier’s aide explained that the course will also include co-curricular activities and that once it is launched in Islamabad, the authorities will push for provincial governments to follow suit.
He emphasized that “we have to take care of them in the right way, not just with words but with proper actions.”
The course will include co-curricular activities, according to the premier’s aide, who also disclosed that after the subject is introduced in Islamabad, the authorities will push for the provincial governments to follow suit.