Pakistan Observer

Education is key to progress, success: Shahbaz

Students enrollment campaign from August 14

Salim Ahmed

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that education is the basic right of every child and Pakistan Muslim League-N government will uphold this right as education is the key to progress and success. He said that no amount of funds is sufficient for the improvement of education sector and imparting of knowledge.

He said that effective implementation of Punjab School Roadmap has yielded highly encouraging results as not only lakhs of new children have enrolled in schools but educational facilities have also been improved. He said that Punjab government will launch enrollment campaign for further improving the ratio of enrollment of children in schools. He said that under the campaign, lakhs of new children from five to nine years of age will be enrolled in schools every year.

He said that enrollment campaign will be started from August 14 under which parents will be motivated to send their children to school for education. He said that the campaign will be pursued as a national obligation so that no child of school going age should remain deprived of education.

He expressed these views while presiding over a high level briefing meeting regarding the pace of implementation of Punjab School Roadmap and the measures for launching enrollment campaign, at Model Town.

Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of School Education and Literacy, Shahid Riaz Gondal, Sir Michael Barbar’s team and representatives of British NGO McKinsey Fenton Whelan, Taimur Khan, Miss Hinna Khan, representative of British High Commission and Department of International Development Tom Owen-Edmunds and educationists were present.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the destiny of the country can be changed by imparting modern education to the young generation. He said that promotion of education is essential for achieving the goal of national progress and prosperity. He said that Punjab government, with the help of the team of British educationist Sir Michael Barbar, is successfully implementing Punjab School Roadmap Programme and positive results have been achieved.

He said that under the enrollment campaign, lakhs of such children will also be brought to schools as have never enrolled. He said that a missionary spirit will have to be displayed for the success of enrollment campaign besides making proper preparations and planning for this purpose. He said that necessary training will have to be imparted to the teachers so that they could persuade the parents of the children of school going age to send them to school. He said that besides making proper planning and preparations, a team of hardworking, efficient and dedicated persons will have to be formed so that it could ensure success of the campaign.

The Chief Minister directed that a complete and comprehensive programme be evolved with regard to the enrollment campaign and presented to him in the first week of July.

He said that bringing children of school going age to educational institutions is a big challenge and commitment and tireless efforts are needed to change this challenge into opportunity. He directed that all EDOs (Education) should play a vigorous role under Punjab School Roadmap Programme and warned that action will be taken such EDOs (Education) as have failed to achieve the targets of education.

Representative of British NGO McKinsey Taimur Khan while giving a briefing on enrollment campaign informed that planning has been made for launching the campaign from August 14 and services of 50 thousand teachers will be acquired.
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