ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman visited “Sultana Foundation Justice Yusaf Saraf Centre for Research, Rehabilitation and Mainstreaming of out of school children” here on Monday.
During the visit, the Federal Minister was briefed about the activities of Sultana Foundation in the field of education.
The Federal Minister while speaking on the occasion lauded the Sultana Foundation for its work in the field of education with its special focus on out of schools children.
Federal Minister Baligh Ur Rehman said that children and youth are the assets of our country and we will have to make them useful knowledge seekers and active contributors for well being of society.
He said that the present government took number of steps for the promotion of education in the country as number of out of school children decreased during the last three years.
The Federal Minister noted that Islamabad Capital Territory stands number one regarding reduction in number of out of school children as there is 55 pc decrease in out of school children in ICT, 23 pc in Punjab, 14 pc in AJK, 9 pc in KP while improvement regarding reduction in out of school children in Balochistan and Sindh was seen minimal during last three years.
Talking about technical and vocational education, Baligh Ur Rehman said that technical and vocational education is as mush important as conventional education.
The students who leave schools after primary often find their way into vocational training centres and turn out to be expert workmen after getting training from technical and vocational training centres, he said.
He said under the PM Youth Skills Development Program, 100,000 youths are being imparted technical and vocational education this year. He said that the government has also revised Pakistan’s first Vocational Training Policy.
The Federal Minister hoped that the Apprenticeship Act would soon be passed by the Senate and this would pave way for opening of great number of employment opportunities for our youth. He said that the teaching of the Holy Quran has also been made compulsory in all educational institutions in ICT. Under the law, students would read the Holy Quran from Class one to five and those in grades 6 to 12 would be taught simple translation of the Holy Quran.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Chairman Sultana Foundation Dr. Naeem Ghani said that Sultana Foundation is imparting education to children and focusing on deprived children of society. Our programs are based on both societal and human development, he said.
Originally published by NNI