Right pedagogy, crucial to evolve counter narrative to terror

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Speakers here at a seminar said that right padagogy was crucial to evolve counter narrative terrorism in Pakistan. They were speaking at a seminar held under the auspices of department of Governance and Public Policy (G&PP) at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) titled “role of academia in evolving counter narrative to terrorism in Pakistan” in the context of recent involvement of students and academics in terrorism related activities, says a statement issued here on Sunday.
While speaking to around more than hundred faculty members from various departments and civil society members, key note speaker Professor Dr. Masood Raja underscored the need to understand the behavioral and identity aspects that are key contributors in shaping destructive behaviors. He stressed the need to lay greater emphasis on pedagogical methodologies that could be central in creating an inclusive, tolerant, and just society. He further stated that academia needs to explore and promote strengths of Pakistani culture and indigenous values of coexistence, tolerance, compassion and resilience, which, according to him, despite hardships and critical times not only sustain but also help Pakistani society revive and stay vibrant.
He also emphasized critical teaching methodology which, in Pakistani context, need to be updated and modernized through cross cultural interactions. “Most of the time our pedagogy is authoritarian in nature that does not promote critical thinking and rational decision making,” said Dr. Raja. Dean Faculty of Management Sciences Dr. Maqsood ul Hassan and Head Department of G&PP Dr. Waqas Ali welcomed the Chief Guest and thanked participants for their active participation.
A large number of students also participated and raised some key questions on their role in promoting democratic values for peaceful and just society.—APP