STUMBLING BLOCKS OF CHILDREN EDUCATION IN SOUTHERN PUNJAB, PAKISTAN: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY IN THE ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
Islam emphasizes to educate every child without discrimination of sex, ethnic, religious or any other identity. Education is a basic and the most important capability for the wellbeing of individuals but it is depressively stated that the children especially girls of developing countries face many stumbling blocks in the inclusion of Primary education in Southern Punjab. The current study was conducted in 3 districts “Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur” of Southern Punjab, Pakistan to study the demographic characteristics of the respondents, parents, attitude toward girls education and negative attitude of teachers. The researcher used the multistage random sampling and selected 975 household heads as a sample. Interview schedule was used as a tool for gathering the data because majority of the respondents were illiterate. It was found that low socio-economic status of the parents affected their girls’ educational inclusion. It was also found that negative attitude teachers’ also played a negative role in the educational inclusionary process of girls in Southern Punjab, Pakistan. It is recommended that government of Pakistan should have to focus the marginalized areas by providing the scholarships to the needy children and organize the different seminars in these areas to motivate the community towards children education and fulfill the Islamic as well as constitutional obligation to enroll every child without discrimination in Southern Punjab, Pakistan.