Peshawar, July 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): There is no justification- be it cultural, economic or social-for denying girls and women an education, Illiteracy keeps women marginalized and constitutes a foremost obstacle to reducing extreme poverty whereas, investing in girl and women education carries high returns; it improves livelihoods, lead to better child and maternal health and a first step towards prosperity; chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Senator ® Razina Alam Khan, observed while addressing the Organizational Review Meeting (ORM) of NCHD which was attended by the Provincial and Area heads here today.
She emphasized that education, especially of girls is the key to success and development for the nations. Without education, no nation can become the member of ‘developed nations club’. Smaller nations like city states of Singapore have GDP of 453 billion and per capita of 80,000 dollars and Malaysian GDP $ 800 billion and per capita $11,000, because among other factors they have achieved 100% literacy rate, long ago.
She added that our dream to become a developed nation cannot be fulfilled, unless we achieve 100% literacy rate and skill development to add value to our products. For these gigantic tasks everyone has to put his share for the sake of nation’s education and everyone should join ‘Each one Teach one’ initiative of NCHD. Ms. Humera Hashmi Director Operation for Sindh, Mr. Anwar Iqbal acting Director Operation for KPK, Mr. Muhammad Riaz acting Director for Punjab, Mr. Sikandar Jillani acting Director Operation for Balochistan, Mr. Syed Akber Senior General Manager for Gilgit-Baltistan and Mr. Bilal Bin Habib acting Senior General Manager for AJK were present in the meeting alongwith Head office Management team.
Whereas we, the nation of approximately 200 million, with 57 million illiterate population and 24 million out of school children which includes 12.4 million girls, cannot join the technology driven -countries, unless we work day and night to educate our illiterates and enroll our children, she reiterated. All the director operations shared progress of their respective provinces and areas.
Issues related to the implementation of projects and up-coming programs were discussed in detail by the participants. Director Education NCHD Mr. Iqbal ur Rehman briefed the participants about the status of education programs, its ongoing projects, evaluation of NCHD programs by Core Committee, NCHD future plans i.e. establishment of 2000 Adult Literacy Centers through PHDF in all the provinces for the age of 15 to 45yrs, Prison Literacy Program in 99 jails of Pakistan, Establishment of National Training Institute, Training of Feeder Teachers Establishment of 50 Non Formal Basic Education Schools and Madrasa Project.
The chairperson said, NCHD along with other stakeholders with the Vision 2025 of Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, under the leadership of Federal Education Minister, Eng. Baligh ur Rehman would implement projects to increase primary school enrollment up to 100 % along with 90 % achievement of literacy rate.
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