ISLAMABAD, June 22 (APP): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Nansen Refugee Award Laureate, Aqeela Asifi has said that investment in education means investing in the future of a nation, education is a key for success, development and prosperity.

She was addressing a gathering organized in her honor by the
UN Refugee Agency and its partner agency WESS at the University of
Balochistan on Wednesday, said a press release.

The event was held to pay tribute to Asifi’s tireless efforts in bringing education to some of the most underprivileged Afghan refugee girls.

Asifi was on a three-day mission to Balochistan for the first time. Her visit was aimed at highlighting the importance of education for children in exile. During her stay, she also visited Saranan Refugee Village, where she held meetings with community elders, teachers, students and their parents.

In her interaction with refugee teachers and parents, Asifi underlined that children and youth who are not in schools, do not benefit from their internationally established right to basic education, and are at greater risk of exploitation, including early marriage and child labour.

On the last day of her visit, Aqeela Asifi attended an event at the University of Balochistan.

Asifi in her address noted that an educational system should not
only be focusing on teaching young people how to make a living but also teach them how to make a life.

“Only then we would achieve our objective of a progressive society,” she added.