Reading key to learning as per Islamic teachings: Baligh

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 (APP): Minister of State for Federal
Education Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Tuesday said the
reading is the key to learning, as the first word taught in Quran
was “Iqra” which means “read”.
Speaking at the National Workshop for developing Strategic
Framework for Reading Improvement Strategies arranged by USAID’s
Pakistan Reading Project(PRP), he lamented that reading culture has
been vanished over the period of time which is not good for the
children.
He said the reading is a fundamental component of learning,
according to EFA Global Monitoring Report, the students who do not
achieve a certain level of reading, fall behind in cognitive
development.
“We need a holistic approach to deal with educational
challenges and it’s heartening to see such workshops in that
direction” he remarked.
The minister appreciated the dedication and efforts by PRP and
the team of USAID for arranging the workshop.
He thanked the officials from different regions for
participating in this important workshop adding that “we all are
here to have a far-reaching impact on education sector”.
The minister hoped that this workshop would lead to the formal
endorsement of national framework for reading improvement strategies
in the country.