ISLAMABAD: Chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Razina Alam Khan Tuesday said Pakistan needed to adopt a comprehensive strategy to provide education to the illiterate children of the poor segment of the society to achieve Sustainable Development Goal-4, leading us to a developed nation.
Addressing to the members of 44th Commission meeting here, she said, “When the people of a nation are educated, they’d definitely carve ways to be self sufficient; an economically independent society is the stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to the economic growth of the nation on the whole”.
The meeting was attended by Roshan K. Bharocha, Sono Khangrani, Dr. Mubashar Bhatti , Rafiq Tahir Joint Education Advisor for Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Talat Anjum Director General for Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Ejaz Mehdi DFA (IPC) for Finance Ministry and Tashfeen Khan Director General.
“The most important national resource for development is the human labor force. We the country of almost 200 million people where half of the population is women and 50% of them are illiterates, cannot progress due to illiteracy,” she observed.
She deplored that the situation become even worse with the staggering figure that out of 26 million children who are enrolled, only 33% reach the matriculation level.
The NCHD has launched a country-wide enrollment campaign and 82,166 children have been enrolled by now in our feeder schools since April 2016, she informed.
While discussing the grim educational statistics in Pakistan, chairperson NCHD said, the primary net enrollment is 72%, out of which 33% are dropouts, she informed.
Accessibility is one of the main reasons of low enrollment, in order to address this issue, the NCHD had established 5,949 Community Feeder Schools in underprivileged and remote areas all over the country, 6,581 feeder teachers are working in these schools with 310,146 learners acquiring primary education.
The NCHD has adopted Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators in the realm of literacy, non formal education, skill development and empowerment of women, she observed.
While discussing about the NCHD education programmes and initiatives,
she informed, the NCHD had launched ‘Madrassa School Project’ to bring seminaries in mainstream and to provide formal education to the madrassa students in Islamabad Capital Territory, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Strategy for establishment of 2000 Adult literacy centers and recommendation of the advisory council on framing National Policy on Non-Formal Education and Adult Literacy and National Plan of Action for achieving 90% literacy rate were discussed in detail with the members.
She said the launch of “Each One Teach One” campaign in Islamabad is also a very significant step by the NCHD.
If the educated youth voluntarily come forward to contribute to this noble cause, an enormous social change could be brought in the situation of literacy and education of the country, she added.
The university students could play vital role in this project, she added.
Briefly highlighting about the NCHD projects she said, “We had launched ‘Literacy for Jail project’ to educate prisoners in the jails under a massive programme alongwith the skill development to make the prisoners useful citizens after their release from jails by completing their term”.
Currently eight Adult Literacy Centers are functional in Jails of Kasur and Toba Tek Singh, whereas others are in the establishment process. However we plan to establish such centers in all 99 jails of the country.
She said in September we have launched ‘Non-formal Education project’, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) in Islamabad Capital Territory.
In this project, 50 non-formal schools will be established for the age group of eight to 14 years.
“Education is absolutely beneficial for society on the whole, she stressed. It is a life-long process to each person that needs to be reinforced throughout life”, she added.
“However, we need education system that may eradicate illiteracy and may provide the common man an access not only to basic education but also to higher and technical education”, she emphasized.