Policy Analysis on Pakistan

Measuring empathy in students for a tolerant society

Intolerance and prejudice towards minorities is widespread in Pakistan, and the problem often begins in classrooms. A number of new initiatives have emerged to build empathy among students for people who belong to identities other than their own. But these initiatives need to adopt rigorous methods to check whether their programs are indeed increasing empathy and lowering intolerance. In a new post for Developing Pakistan, Haseeb Sher Bajwa, a researcher with the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, identifies the tools these initiatives can use to benchmark student progress in becoming empathetic.   

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