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Poor Christian students face economic discrimination in Pakistan

International Christian Concern has reported the discriminatory action, that violates the essence of equal education for minorities.

Following a protest from Christian students, the school principal simply ignored their appeal against injustice. Christian human rights groups have joined the students in their request to be allowed to sit their exams and continue their education without harassment and discrimination. 

Christians make up less than 2% of the population of Pakistan. They are treated as second-class citizens, and face daily discrimination and persecution. Due to the country’s blasphemy laws and an anti-Christian policies, the majority of Pakistani Christians live in extreme poverty in city slums and endure threats of incarceration, violence, and often death for believing in Jesus. Christian men don’t have much choice but perform the most gruelling, menial jobs. Referred to as the ‘Christian sweeper community’, they have to sweep piles of garbage off the streets and work among dangerous conditions underground in the sewers. Christian women and girls are vulnerable to sexual assault and forced marriages with little legal protection.  

Without access to education, children will grow up with limited economic options which means they will remain impoverished. 

The Anglican Church in Lahore built the Christian Vocational Training Centre with funds from the Barnabas Fund. The Anglican Relief Development partnered with the Diocese of Lahore to equip the school and to provide on-site medical care. The vocational school offers one year of training in automobile technology and electrical work for boys and driving and stitching for girls. After completing the training, students will receive help securing jobs or they will receive seed money to start their own businesses. At-risk and vulnerable children will receive free or subsidized housing.


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