Providing access to education can fulfill dream of Iqbal: Razina

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (APP): Chairperson NCHD and former Senator Razina Alam Khan Monday said that providing access and quality education to the underprivileged and marginalized population in the underdeveloped countries is very important.
Addressing the two day conference on Allama Iqbal at Lahore, she said access to education will address issues of illiteracy, enrollment rate, drop-out ratio and gender parity index in literacy of the country, which was the dream of the poet of East, said a news release issued here.
The Chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) said the ultimate measure of any education system is not how many children are in schools, but how well they learn and are retained by the schools.
NCHD has started massive campaign to enroll the dropouts and new children, enabling them to complete their education to an optimum level, she informed.
NCHD had established 5,949 community feeder schools keeping in view the access and quality education to the underprivileged and marginalized community in the remote areas of the country, she further informed.
She was of the view that when education facilities will be provided at the door step of the community, enrollment rate will increase and drop out ratio will decrease, and people allow their girls too to study in their near by vicinity resulting improvement in gender parity issue, as per vision of Allama Iqbal and Quaid e Azam, she observed.
She said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that our teams in the field are performing well and putting all their efforts for the mission of the Commission.
She shared that, Government of Balochistan is implementing Real Time Monitoring System (RTMS) in the government schools in which they have included our feeder schools as well.
They have recently monitored Noushki district in which 11 feeder schools of NCHD were visited and it is heartening for us that in such remote areas our schools were found functional with the required facilities and learning land marks were found good too as reported by the RTMS team, she expressed.
She said that this government of PML-N has given special emphasis to education, as vision 2025 envisages increasing primary school enrollment and completion rate to 100% and literacy rate to 90% and improving primary and secondary gender parity index to 1, reflects government commitment to the cause of education, she believed.
She informed that overall progress towards universal primary education in the country during last 3 to 4 years is encouraging.
Primary education in terms of school facilities like toilets have come down to 28% from 33% last year, 24 million of children are currently out of schools though the number was 25 million in 2015 and 26 million in 2014, and advances on many fronts have been made for enhancing education in the country, demonstrating that national leadership and good policies make a difference.
She observed that, Government has launched “Literate Islamabad Project” as a model to improve and enhance education situation in the country, in this connection many initiatives are being taken.
NCHD had recently launched “Non-formal Education Project” in collaboration with JICA, 50 model non-formal schools will be established for the age group of 8 to 14 years in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
Mainstreaming of Madrasas by introducing primary education in madaris is another great initiative of NCHD which is functional in 100 Madrasas of Islamabad, AJ&K, GB and FATA under Federal Ministry of Education & Professional Training.
She was of the view that, strategies aimed at equalizing opportunity in education for girls will help us to increase our literacy rate as out of 57 million illiterates 70% are women and out of 24 million out of school children 51% are girls.
NCHD have launched a Literacy Movement in the name of “Each One Teach One”, according to which people from every walk of life and specially the youths of universities will volunteer their services by imparting literacy skills to illiterates in their surroundings. NCHD will provide books and training to the volunteers.
She said the government is doing well to improve education situation in the country but the stake holders including all of us as an individual has to do a lot as we are lagging far behind the literacy target and to become a member of the developed nations, because that was the spirit behind creation of Pakistan under the leadership of Quaid and as per dream of Allama Iqbal.