Govt committed to bring every child to school: Baligh


ISLAMABAD, Jan 14 (APP): Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman Thursday said that the government was committed to bring every child to school, who was not getting education due to any reason.
He was addressing the participants of 8th International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit and Awards-2016 organized by National Forum for Environment and Health here.
The minister said the present government had been trying to create maximum fiscal space with current budgetary allocation for education sector presently at 2 per cent of GDP that would be increased by the present government.
He said the non-formal community-based schools functioning in remote parts of the country had been doing a wonderful job for provision of education to millions of children belonging to under-privileged communities.
The State minister urged the corporate sector doing philanthropy work that it should adopt some of such non-formal schools. Privatization Commission Chairman and State Minister Muhammad Zubair said that present government had been divesting from commercial, business, and industrial sectors in line with practices of developed economies so to have maximum funds for spending on social sector.
He said that through privatization programme the efforts had been under way to cope with the situation created due to poor performance of the past governments in the health, education, transport, and such social service sectors so to have the services of enabling private sector.
Malik Amin Aslam, project head of Green Growth Initiative of government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that 113 million trees had been planted all over the province so far under which a billion trees would be planted till year 2018.
He said the under ‘Billion tree tsunami’ programme of KPK the provincial govt could generate revenue up to 800 million dollars through earning of ‘carbon credits’ in view of improvement of environment with plantation of trees and increasing forest cover.
He said the billion tree programme of KPK government was also presented in the recent Global Climate Change Summit held in Paris. Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme MNA Marvi Memon said that Pakistan at present had been facing serious situation regarding nutritional, health, and physical growth needs of mothers and children.
She said the corporate, business sector, non-governmental organizations, and international community should come forward to provide assistance to the government’s efforts to address health and growth needs of women and children for sake of upkeep of next generation of the country.
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson, speaking
on the occasion informed about Australian assistance and aid being provided
to Pakistan in social sector.
Some 60 leading national and international companies received awards
for their commendable performance in 30 different categories of Corporate
Social Responsibility during the past one year.