Islamabad: Acting Chairman Senate Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali has emphasized the need for involvement of local people and their representatives in respective constituencies for forging ahead with development related projects particularly in education and health sector in Balochistan.
“Local ownership and involvement is essential for progress and maximizing gains from new initiatives”, he added. These views were expressed by Jamali in a meeting held with World Bank delegates who met him in Parliament House here today.
While deliberating at length regarding situation of education and health sectors in different areas of Balochistan, Acting Chairman said that there is dire need to improve infrastructure, provide up-to-date equipment and state of the art training to administrators and teachers in education sector and likewise for people serving in health sector i.e. doctors, nurses etc.
He said master trainers should be trained in order to produce a new cadre of well trained administrators and teachers to uplift education sector and its effective delivery to students. In addition, Jamali highlighted the need for focusing more on female education in Balochistan “educated mothers are instruments of bringing lasting change in society as they nurture young minds and have lasting impacts on cultivation and up-bringing of next generations and hence ultimately contribute towards formulation of future and destiny of a nation”. He added.
However, he said that provision of secure environment to female students keeping in view culture and traditions of Balochistan will produce the desired results vis-à-vis increasing their numbers and attaining good quality education. He told World Bank delegates to involve local MPs and people to gain maximum and desired outcomes in education and health sectors.
While talking about relevance of exposure and training, the Acting Chairman underscored the need for taking these two aspects side by side through arranging trips of trainers, teachers, administrators and health officials to other countries particularly in the SAARC region who have similar conditions just like Pakistan but still gained success in education and health sectors e.g.
Sri Lanka (with more than 90% literacy rate is success story in education), likewise India and Bangladesh are doing good in education and health sectors. By such close interactions and people to people contacts with regional countries we can learn a lot and improve our education and health sectors through short and long term interventions.
Bangladesh ‘s Grameen model is a success story and poor Balochi women can be empowered via provision of soft loans and easy repayments for running their small cottage industries/businesses resulting in self employment along with becoming teachers, doctors and nurses by opting education and health professions.
These interventions can uplift Balochi women’s stature and status in society and make them more vibrant citizens. Women can also be made aware and trained in relation to adapting to local healthy food and usage of clean drinking water and family planning practices for improving their health and of their families.
Improving nutrition of girl child is vital as they are future mothers, hence some model schools should be made which provide them at least one proper meal before they go home to generate awareness among public regarding importance of healthy balanced diet for girl and women in order to curtail their mortality rate.
Jamali reiterated that teaching, nursing and cottage industry must be uplifted for the sake of uplift of Balochi women at this juncture. There is also dire need to change gradually the traditional mind set of men by generating awareness among male members of family regarding necessity for women to be educated, healthy and economically self sustainable for progress and prosperity of society.
At the end, Acting Chairman underlined the need for both World Bank and local people and their representatives to work in collaboration and unison by generation of effective and equal partnership for sake of development of Balochi people.
He told the World Bank delegates regarding making the need assessment according to different regions in Balochistan, involvement of locals via taking their feedback on what is required to be done to develop education and health sectors, monitoring the projects and ensuring efficient service delivery as the hallmarks for generating success.
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