"We want to ensure that no child is punished for their faith.
Schools have enormous power – to broaden young minds, to introduce them to new ideas, to show them the world’s endless possibilities. But all too often, that power is used to teach hate, to tell children that they’re worth nothing, and to tell other children that they should look down on them. That’s what Jacob endured at school in Pakistan.
Gurinder, a Sikh boy, was beaten by his teacher twice a week from age four to age six. Then, as he got older, the torture took a different form, as the constant pressure to convert became more than he could endure. He dropped out of school with no qualifications.
These injustices happen to children of all faiths, all over the world. Christian children in Nigeria are forced to take Muslim names just to get into school. Rohingya Muslim children in Burma see their schools knocked down. Baha’i students in Iran are expelled from university if their religious beliefs are discovered. This is a truly global problem."
The first initiative of this new movement is to urge the British government to ensure that its foreign aid does not fund biased textbooks which teach prejudice of religious minorities.