ISLAMABAD: The number of active youth ambassadors from different educational institutions throughout the country has crossed 5,000 mark under a programme launched to promote mass awareness and highlight emerging trends of drugs abuse, especially amongst students.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had launched the Youth Ambassador Programme a few years back which provides a platform for projecting young talent to channelize the role of youth, thus serving humanity and society.
The authorities concerned, in different operations in Federal Capital, have recovered 26.07 kg heroin, 198.36 kg charas, 0.009 kg cocaine and 5.130 kg opium. More than 80 cases have been registered in Islamabad during its special campaign, launched against drug peddlers and to stop the proliferation of drugs in educational institutions.
As per data, the two-pronged strategy was being pursued regarding halting of the proliferation of drugs i.e drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction while awareness activities against drug abuse have also been conducted.
The Ministry also took steps under which educational authorities were advised to establish their Internal Monitoring and Enforcement System. Cultivation of sources, informers, and acquisition of actionable intelligence in educational institutions has also been beefed up while coordination and liaison with schools, colleges, universities/institutions has been increased to check the inflow of drugs amongst the students.
Moreover, areas around educational institutions are being monitored on regular basis to stop/counter sale of drugs to students by peddlers/suppliers. The authorities also launched campaign/crackdown against drug peddlers involving police under Inter Agencies Task Force (IATF) forum while intelligence network of ANF has been expanded.
Students and heads of various institutions from all over the country were also invited at drug-burning ceremonies every year.
Mass awareness about harms of drugs amongst students, teachers and various administrative staff is being launched including delivering lectures, talks in schools, colleges and universities while visits of students and teachers are arranged to ANF outfits for awareness.
Similarly, as per awareness campaign, under training Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs) in National Police Academy were delivered (narcotics/synthetics) lectures by clinical psychologists and internationally certified professional trainers.
Sessions with officers and officials of National Highways and Motorways Police, Pakistan Girls Guide Association (PGGA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and other areas, the seminar on Drugs Abuse and Prevention at National University of Modern Language (NUML) and Awareness Walks in Islamabad and Murree were also arranged.
11K out-of-school kids to be enrolled by Govt.
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood Friday said that the government has decided to enroll over 11,000 out-of-school children in the federal capital’s schools by June this year under a drive to raise a number of school goers.
“Over 11,000 out-of-school children belonging to different age groups were identified under the survey conducted by the ministry in Islamabad and the enrollment of around 5,000 was being ensured at this stage,” Shafqat Mahmood said while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Wish 2 Action’ Project organized by Rahnuma-EPAP.
“We have tried this campaign as a pilot project in the capital city and soon it will be replicated at the national level after its complete success,” the minister remarked. Highlighting the various challenges faced by the education sector, he said collective efforts were required to bring significant improvement in this area. At present, the country was going through a crucial phase but the government would deliver as per the aspiration of its citizens in its tenure, he added.
He said the prime focus was to provide quality education to every child of the country and uniform education policy was being chalked out for the purpose. Other than that, the government was also working out a number of projects to enhance the education standards in the country he said and added that it was striving to scale up literacy rate from 58 percent to at least 70 percent by the end of its five years term in the office.
Education system is improving in country: minister
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that the education system is getting improved in the country due to endeavors of the incumbent government.
Addressing a ceremony of Pakistan summit here today, the minister said government is committed and striving to bring betterment in the standard of education at the provincial level, which is now delivering fruits.
He added that there are several challenges in the field of education, which will be removed.
Commissioner Karachi determined to revive libraries
KARACHI: Commissioner of the Metropolis Iftikhar Shallwani has told since public libraries were in very bad shape the newly formed Council of Public Libraries was endeavoring to ameliorate the state of affairs.
He was addressing a Presser held here by the School Libraries Association (SLA) at the Karachi Press Club to mark World Book & Copyright Day. Commissioner Shallwani appreciated the work being carried out by SLA for enhancing the awareness about the importance of libraries in schools.
While pointing out that in most of the public libraries books were just piled-up in heaps, the Commissioner said that only civil society could improve the condition. Director SLA Nooruddin Merchant and Dr. Khwaja Mustafa (Executive Director – SLA) also spoke on the occasion.
Conspicuous among others there was Dr. Farhat Hussain (President Pakistan Library Association), Dr. Raees Ahmed Samdani (renowned writer) Director Minhaj University (Lahore).
A peaceful procession followed the Press Conference with participants pressing for their demands by means of placards apropos provision of libraries in public sector schools and appointment of librarians.