Islamabad—Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that no nation could achieve progress and prosperity without promoting education.
He was speaking as a chief guest at a seminar and Launching of Literacy Campaign in connection with “International Literacy Day” organized here jointly by the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), and UNESCO.
He said the present government was committed to promote education and equipped the youth with technical skills for the socio and economic development of the country. Ahsan said that no illiterate nation could exploit the potentials and resources of any country and remains under developed.
He stressed the need for development of infrastructure to open up the windows of opportunities and progress in the country.
The minister said that Islam also stresses upon seeking knowledge and being Muslim it is our religious responsibility to acquire knowledge for the prosperity and well being off Ummah. Ahsan Iqbal called upon the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) to direct the channels to allocate time for promotion of education.
He also called upon the newly elected local bodies representatives to play their vital role in the promotion of education in there respective constituencies.
He said under the 18th constitutional amendment the education sector has been devolved to provinces and urged them to take steps in their respective provinces for the promotion of education. Federal government would fully supplement their efforts in this regard, he added.
He said that the government was making effort to modernise 28 education boards and make them in line with international standards for the development of the country. He said the government has given special focus on education in its vision 2025 adding said that literacy rate would be increased 90 percent with the help of non formal educational.
Earlier, addressing the participants Minister of State for Federal Education Engr Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman said that the capital’s public educational institutions were being upgraded as a role model for the entire country.