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Shafqat advocates equal education for all

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood today said that economic issues of the country need to be resolved besides coping with other challenges.
Addressing the 3rd Afkar-e-Taza (Thinkfest) ceremony at Alhamra, he said people had high expectations and there was a lot of work which needed to be done. He said it was good that events like “Thinkfest” held which discuss foreign policy, democracy, economy, and others matters, but it was very much necessary that such events do take place in areas like Dera Ghazi Khan.
The Minister said, we also have challenges in the education sector like 20 million children were out of school, a different form of education and all such issues need to be resolved. He said, education provides a frame of reference for looking at the world and we have to look at how different nation we are creating.
The Federal Minister said that it was an injustice that one segment of society get successful and others not and added that the National Curriculum Council (NCC) had been created. He said graduates need to be mobilized to redress the issue of illiteracy, adding that confining quality education to certain people would never help any nation to excel.
Dr. Yaqoob, Zaheer Sarwar, Najam Sethi and other also spoke on the occasion. Later, the Minister chaired the meeting of Governing Body of Iqbal Academy Pakistan at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. Different matters related to the Academy came under discussion. It was decided in the meeting that “Iqbal seminar” would be organized on 21st April at Prime Minister Secretariat. The Minister said that there should be Iqbal Chair in Iran, adding that all possible support would be provided to the initiatives that would be taken for the promotion of Iqbal’s message.  Appointment of the Director of Iqbal Academy also came under discussion in the meeting. Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Muhammad Bakhsh Sangi, Secretary Engineer Aamir Hasan and others attended the meeting.

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NLP plans to establish Children Corner this year

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ISLAMABAD: National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has planned to establish a separate children corner for promoting book reading culture among the children through providing them modern reading facilities.
Talking to APP, Director NLP, Syed Ghayour Hussain said after receiving an overwhelming response from the visitors regarding different literary corners and reading platforms within the library, NLP has envisioned to set up an independent corner for the children.
The Children Corner will be established this year and will be equipped with the latest facilities of computers, tablets, games and reading material for the children to inculcate reading habit among them, he said.
Syed Ghayour Hussain said that around 500 to 600 readers visit the library on a daily basis and utilize the reading facilities, which are being upgraded from time to time.
Listing some other initiatives, Director NLP said that the library has a state-of-the-art Braille Book Corner which is providing quality reading facilities to the visually impaired persons as well as persons with other disabilities.
The corner has a number of computers with the latest software for blind persons, a variety of Braille books and other reading materials for the visually impaired persons, he said.
NLP, working under National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division, is also working on a proposal to depute visually impaired staff to assist the readers in online searching material, using Braille printers and other such activities, he said.
NLP director said access to knowledge was the right of every human being and NLP is making efforts to ensure the provision of this right to all the people especially persons with disabilities to protect them from any sense of deprivation.
He informed that Information Minister of Belarus will visit NLP on 19th March as a part of 25th anniversary of Pak-Belarus relations. The visit is aimed at enhancing reading facilities at Belarus Corner of NLP.
About the Women Resource Center of NLP, Syed Ghayour Hussain said that computer facility, as well as reading material, has been provided at the corner to facilitate the women.

 

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UNDP approached to set up a vocational training center on modern lines

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UNDP launches project for youth

ISLAMABAD: Carrying forward its efforts to bolster the country’s human resource development, the government has reached out to the United National Development Programme (UNDP) for establishing a state-of-the-art technical and vocational training center.
According to official sources, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari during an interaction with the UNDP representatives requested the programme to establish the center on modern lines.
He urged the UNDP to provide technical and financial assistance in establishing vocational and training institution under its youth programme, adding that the vocational training must include Information Technology and computer programming.
Highlighting the ministry’s major initiatives, he informed the representatives that they were equipping its vocational training institutions with modern technologies and digitizing the functioning of its departments to ensure good governance. Besides, the revival of Overseas Youth Council (OYC) was also in process.
He also expressed the government’s desire to outsource administrative work of OYC to UNDP for making it more effective and transparent institution, adding that it perfectly matched with their youth programme.
Over 1.4 million youth were likely to enter the country’s labor market annually for the next five years, the UNDP’s National Human Development Report (NHDR) revealed, recently.
The report pointed out that the country owns some 64 percent of the population under the age of 30 and underlined the need for evolving a comprehensive strategy to engage them through quality education, skill development, and jobs-oriented investment.
The NHDR also highlighted that the country also had to create some 1.3 million employment opportunities by 2035 on an average every year, claiming that the number of youth seeking employability was likely to increase from current four million to five million.
Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment Report in its Export of Manpower Analysis Report 2018 showed that the emigration trend in 2018 had declined by 23 percent as compared to 2017.
In 2017, the country sent some 0.49 million manpower abroad while the number drastically went down to 0.38 million in 2018, the report added.
The emigration of Pakistani labor abroad saw its peak in 2015 when the country exported some 0.95 million of its workforce abroad and since then the emigration trend witnessed a sharp decline due to some economic reforms in the middle east which resulted into the return of a huge number of manpower back home.
As many as 10.48 million of Pakistani workforce were sent abroad for different job assignments of the international manpower markets during the years of 1971-2018, the data read.

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USAID Director Michael Hryshchyshyn launches report on SBEP

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KARACHI: USAID Director for Sindh & Balochistan, Michael Hryshchyshyn, launched a report on research recently conducted to assess the significance of reading interventions under USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).

The report titled Early Grade Reading Innovations for Quality Education – Prospects for Scaling up was launched at an event organized by Sindh Capacity Development Project (SCDP), a component of SBEP. The research that was commissioned to Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), analyzes the goals achieved under USAID’s Sindh Reading Program (SRP), another component of SBEP aimed at improving early grade reading abilities of grade 1 and 2 students in government schools in target districts of Sindh.

Speaking on the occasion Michael Hryshchyshyn said: “One of the objectives of the Program is to guide the School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) towards sustaining and further developing innovative interventions of SBEP through lessons learned, and best practices for continued institutionalization.”

It is critical for policymakers to look for effective ways of using research-based evidence for improving policies and establishing good practices in educational institutions. “Government of Sindh has placed special emphasis on research in the education sector and is committed to developing and promoting a research culture within the education department,” said Dr. Fauzia Khan, Director Curriculum Wing, School Education and Literacy Department.

According to the report, USAID SRP early grade reading interventions reached 432,000 students and provided professional development opportunities for up to 15,500 government teachers in order to improve their capacities to teach reading effectively. As a result students under SRP showed relatively better scores on EGRA as compared to their counterparts who did not receive reading interventions.

Michael Hryshchyshyn, today launched a report on research recently conducted to assess the significance of reading interventions under USAID SBEP. The report titled ‘Early Grade Reading Innovations for Quality Education – Prospects for Scaling up’ was launched at an event organized by SCDP a component of SBEP.

The research was commissioned to AKU-IED and analyzes the goals achieved under USAID’s SRP another component of SBEP aimed at improving early grade reading abilities of grade 1 and 2 students in government schools in target districts of Sindh.  

Michael Hryshchyshyn, USAID Director for Sindh and Balochistan said, “One of the objectives of the Program is to guide the SELD towards sustaining and further developing innovative interventions of SBEP through lessons learned, and best practices for continued institutionalization.”

It is critical for policymakers to look for effective ways of using research-based evidence for improving policies and establishing good practices in educational institutions. “Government of Sindh has placed special emphasis on research in the education sector and is committed to developing and promoting a research culture within the education department,” said Dr. Fauzia Khan, Director Curriculum Wing, SELD.

According to the report, USAID SRP early grade reading interventions reached 432,000 students and provided professional development opportunities for up to 15,500 government teachers in order to improve their capacities to teach reading effectively. As a result students under SRP showed relatively better scores on EGRA as compared to their counterparts who did not receive reading interventions.

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