APR 02 2014

Flying high: Pakistan leads the way among regional competitors

Pakistan is leading other markets in the grouping of South Asia Growth Economies-West regions that includes countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, according to Akkasha Sultan who is Regional Director Applications for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Serving as the headquarters for the SAGE-W region, the country is ahead of its regional counterparts in terms of adopting technologies and transformation at a large scale, Sultan said in an interview with The Express Tribune at the company’s office in Karachi last week.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/690142/flying-high-pakistan-leads-the-way-among-regional-competitors/

Marriage can wait but education cannot

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” We all must have come across this quote several times before, but we still fail to learn any lessons from it. Education plays a vital role in developing human capital in any society, but a woman’s education plays a vital role in the progress of society. However, there are many problems in Pakistan due to which education for women is not given much importance. Some parts of southern Pakistan and many other regions have customs that make it difficult for women to seek education.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/690068/marriage-can-wait-but-education-cannot/

Press Statement Following Special Envoy's Visit to Pakistan

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, just returned from a visit to Pakistan where he discussed a program to help the country put more children in school. He was accompanied by Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education, which is reviewing an grant application from Pakistan for US$100 million.

Complete Story: http://www.globalpartnership.org/news/press-statement-following-special-envoys-visit-pakistan


Pakistan passes resolution to improve education in madrasas

Pakistan’s National Assembly today passed a resolution asking the government to take steps to introduce contemporary subjects in madrasas to improve their education system.  Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf, speaking on the resolution, said the government is consulting with Ittehad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Madaris to bring reforms in the seminaries.

Complete Story: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pakistan-passes-resolution-to-improve-education-in-madrasas-114040100933_1.html

Govt to enhance education budget upto 4pc of GDP

State Minister for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education and Interior, Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman on Tuesday expressed the government' resolve to enhance budgetary allocations upto four percent of GDP for the uplift of education sector. In a meeting with Deputy Home Minister, South Africa, Miss Fatima Chohan, the minister said government has planned to enhance the education budget up to four percent of the GDP from two percent gradually.

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/general-news/165405-govt-to-enhance-education-budget-upto-4pc-of-gdp.html


Pakistan Business Leaders Join In Education Campaign

As CEOs and corporate executives met in Islamabad this past weekend to determine how business can play a greater role in supporting education, the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) announced a Pakistan Working Group.  The meeting, organized by Baela Jamil of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and the Ministry of Education, brought Pakistani business leaders together with UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, the Governor of Punjab Muhammad Sarwar, the Federal Minister of Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Global Partnership for Education CEO Alice Albright, the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce from Balochistan, NGOs and GBC-Education advisory board members.

Complete Story: http://gbc-education.org/pakistani-business-leaders-join-in-education-campaign/


Education journalism: Why education is neglected in the media

“Education is one of the most neglected sectors in media, as journalists often consider it boring to report on the subject”, said former education minister Mian Imran Masood at a journalism workshop on Tuesday. The Ilm-o-Agahi one-day workshop was organized by an NGO and a partner institute of the Centre for International Media Ethics and the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks of the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Ilm Ideas (a three year UK-Aid funded programme). It was a part of an 18-journalism-workshop-series that will be held across Pakistan for education reporters.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/690170/education-journalism-why-education-is-neglected-in-the-media/


Financial support, merit hiring vital for school adopters

Sindh Text Board (STB) should re-utilise its books to avoid wastage of resources in printing of new books while teachers should be hired on merit to ensure proper education in schools. Former Governor Sindh Lt Gen (retd) Moinuddin Haider addressing ‘Adopt-a-School Policy’ (AASP) organised by Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) in collaboration with the Education and Literacy Department of Sindh on Tuesday said he personally adopted schools in the marginalised areas of Karachi and has spent around Rs 50 million in their improvement.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/02-Apr-2014/financial-support-merit-hiring-vital-for-school-adopters


Teachers up against troubles

To put pressure on the provincial government for the acceptance of their demands, activists of All CT Teachers Association Tuesday stage a protest at Main Saddar Road outside the Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday. The protesters led by the Association President Bakht Afsar were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands and against the authorities concerned for bringing hurdles the implementation of the apex court verdict in this regard.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/02-Apr-2014/teachers-up-against-troubles


KP governor directs quality education for tribal youth

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has directed the authorities concerned to take every possible step to ensure provision of modern and qualitative education opportunities to the talented students of Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He said that education was essential for progress and prosperity of the country.  He said that country could not be put on the road to progress without promoting education. He said that education was an effective weapon for overcoming problems and poverty.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/02-Apr-2014/kp-governor-directs-quality-education-for-tribal-youth




An educated Pakistan

Education is the backbone of any country and Pakistan is way behind in this aspect. Sri lank has 97% literacy rate and most of the countries that were and are underdeveloped, like us, have concentrated on providing education. But the official statistics released by the Federal Education Ministry of Pakistan show a desperate picture of education for all, especially for girls. The overall literacy rate is 46 per cent, (which I don’t believe) while only 26 per cent of girls are literate. One of the most deplorable aspects is, that in some places, particularly northern tribal areas, the education for girls is strictly prohibited on religious grounds.

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/letters/02-Apr-2014/an-educated-pakistan


Kp government decides to merge maktab schools with mainstream primary schools

A high protest recorded by the mob of people when maktab schools were not given free books while rest of the government schools had their share.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-04-02/page-12



It is just question of unified education system

To implement education emergency and increase in education budget up to 4% in coming years from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a good step like a gush of fresh air in suffocative environment.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-04-02/page-14