A Pathshala is an important institution in Sikhism. This system of education was set up by
Guru Angad Dev
with a view of educating the young Sikh children with the knowledge of the Gurmukhi
, the script used in the Guru Granth Sahib.
A Pathshala is usually organized in a Gurdwara. Here the young ones are taught the Gurmukhi script to enable them to understand the preaching of the Sikh gurus. During the initial year of Sikhism, this institution served as an important center of preaching the religion. Teaching the children at a very young age was considered important to avoid their shift towards other religions. With this view in mind, the Sikh religious leaders greatly promoted the system of Pathshalas.