MAR 10 2014

Private sector playing role in enhancing literacy rate

Present govt is according priority to education sector and allocating funds generously as only education can guarantee prosperity and development at every level. 

We must groom our young lot keeping in view the challenges of future. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said this while addressing as chief guest on the occasion of “Parents Day” at “House Of Economics” in Attock.  On the occasion Mrs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Senior Vice President PML (N) and Principal Saleem Shehzad, notables, faculty members and students were also present. State Minister said that private sector is playing an important role in enhancing literacy rate and preparing young generation for the upcoming challenges. He said that soon in Attock district an agriculture university and a medical college would be established for which all the requisite formalities are being completed. He said that establishing of both the institutes would cost more than 1 billion rupees.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=235834

 

Attending an unnecessary pre-school

If you take a new-born baby for admission in a pre-school, chances are that the school management will tell you that you are nine months late. There is no state policy to guide parents about the minimum age limit for their children to attend school. Normally, the age limit for admission in most pre-schools is three years, though some schools are even open for children who are just 30 months old. Small kids don’t have ability to solve their problems and face difficulty to communicate in a classroom environment. They don’t feel comfortable in a strictly disciplined environment at this age, and in worse cases, choose to live with their problems instead of solving them. For small kids, a small punishment can have an awful effect on their personality and childhood behaviour. Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to get out of the spiral of fear without counselling or a change in physical environment for children.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/680940/attending-an-unnecessary-pre-school/

 

British Council, ECOSF join hands for Scientific Research, Education

ISLAMABAD, Mar 7 (APP): British Council and ECO Science Foundation have agreed in principle that the two organisations will work together to pursue the common goals for Scientific Research and Education in the 10 member countries of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). These countries included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, said a press statement issued by the ECOSF Headquarters here. The statement informed that the meeting between Prof.  Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President of the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Dr Claire McNutly, Director of Science, Education and Society of the British Council (BC) was held in London-UK and also attended by the officials from British Council Pakistan including Nishat Riaz and Sarah Pervaiz. Prof. Soomro shared the functioning of the organisation saying that it has a Board of Trustees comprising Ministers of Science and Technology of the member countries and an Executive Committee of eminent scientists of ten countries while UNESCO has an observer status. 

Complete Story: http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=270214&Itemid=2

 

Annual and semester systems of education

A milestone was achieved in the struggle to bring up higher education in Pakistan on the international level, when the semester system was introduced in higher education institutes of the country. Since the last decade more and more universities are adopting semester system and both teachers and students seem quite pleased with it as it creates a perception of pace and progress... However having taught in both semester system and annual systems gives me an edge while comparing and analysing both objectively.

Complete Story: http://thefrontierpost.com/article/80689/Annual-and-semester-systems-of-education/

 

Pakistani woman on a mission to educate children

Humaira Bachal knows firsthand how lack of education hurts her community. She had a cousin who died because his mother couldn’t read the expiration date on a bottle of medicine. She knows women in her neighborhood who died giving birth at home because their families didn’t know to send them to the hospital. “These things are breaking my heart, and every time, I am raising the question ‘Why are people doing this?’ ” said 26-year-old Bachal. “Maybe when my people are educated these problems would be reduced.”

Complete Story: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/worldnation/1030827-469/pakistani-woman-on-a-mission-to-educate.html

BC and ECOSF join hands for Scientific Research and Education in ECO Member Countries

British Council and ECO Science Foundation have agreed in principle that the two organisations will work together to pursue the common goals for Scientific Research and Education in the 10 member countries of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), viz., Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Says a press statement issued by the ECOSF Headquarters in Islamabad.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=4724

Village students to learn more about environment

Initially, through this partnership, environmental education activities will be introduced at a TCF school, located in Lidhar Village. A memorandum of understanding in this regard has been signed by Senior WWF-Pakistan Director Dr Ejaz Ahmed and TCF regional manager Brig Sohail Saleem. The school has 600 students from under privileged families. With the help of WWF-Pakistan, the statement said, these children will get a chance to learn more about environmental issues impacting Pakistan and the rest of the world.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/680151/education-village-students-to-learn-more-about-environment/

  

France reiterates commitment to women education in Pakistan

 

The French Embassy to Pakistan organised a reception on Friday to celebrate the International Women’s Day with prominent Pakistani women, including human rights activists, artists, scholars and independent workers. The event also gathered media representatives and foreign diplomats.The Ambassador of France, HE Philippe Thiébaud, praised the courage and the continuous efforts of the women and men working in Pakistan to protect women’s rights, campaign for new laws and raise awareness about violence against women.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/08-Mar-2014/france-reiterates-commitment-to-women-education-in-pakistan

Quality education real investment on children

Roots Ivy International Schools CEO Khadija Mushtaq has said quality education is the real investment on a child by patents.“Education develops a child completely. Especially the girl child, as it is the only tool which empowers her and helps her reason with the world. It is not the buildings and blocks which make an institution, it is the faculty members, management staff and students that make it the most amazing place,” she said on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/09-Mar-2014/quality-education-real-investment-on-children

Those opposing girls' education represent ignorance: PUC chief

No other religion or society has given women the honour and status that have been given to them by Islam. Those who oppose girls' education represent ignorance, not Islam. These views were expressed by Pakistan Ulema Council [PUC] Central Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi during his meeting with female students of different universities at the PUC office. He said that the first person to testify the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a woman, and the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) give women the same right to study as men. 

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/09-Mar-2014/those-opposing-girls-education-represent-ignorance-puc-chief

Pakistan plans deradicalisation

Pakistan’s first ever National Internal Security Policy (NISP) apart from addressing critical issues related to threat perceptions ranging from street crimes to nuclear terrorism, envisages a deradicalisation programme which involves looping madrassas into mainstream education. The policy tabled by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly recently, is aimed at protecting the national interest of Pakistan and includes three key elements — a dialogue with all stakeholders, isolation of terrorists from their support systems and enhancing deterrence and capacity of the security apparatus. The NISP said dialogue offered a political means to end internal disputes but this is not the only option though it is the most preferred way to bring peace and reconciliation. Doors were open for negotiations with all anti-state and non-state groups within the limit of the Constitution and without compromising the primary interests of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state.

Complete Story: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/pakistan-plans-deradicalisation/article5764803.ece

Political parties, civil society unite for empowering women

Creating awareness about women empowerment, the International Women’s Day was observed across the country on Saturday to pay tribute women and raise voice for their rights.Political parties, NGOs and the civil society held rallies, seminars, conferences and walks in the city, highlighting domestic violence and the problems women face while acquiring education – a fundamental right but denied to most daughters of this country. The participants said that middle-class women were working on low wages due to domestic problems and landlords take benefit of this situation and a big reason behind it was lack of education. They also said that awareness among the women would have to be created for their rights.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/09-Mar-2014/political-parties-civil-society-unite-for-empowering-women

National moot on religious education

Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) International Islamic University Islamabad with the collaboration of Higher Education Commission Pakistan is going to hold 2 days National Conference with the title” Religious Education in Pakistan, (Institution, Curricula, Problem and Solutions) “, today (Monday) at Faisal Masjid Campus of the university.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=235804

Govt according priority to education: Minister

The government is according priority to education and allocating funds generously as only education can guarantee prosperity and development at every level, said the state minister for parliamentary affairs. “We must groom our youth keeping in view the challenges of future,” said Sheikh Aftab Ahmad addressing as chief guest a parents’ day function held at an educational institution. The state minister said that the private sector was playing an important role in enhancing literacy rate and preparing young generation for the upcoming challenges. He said that in Attock district, an agriculture university and a medical college will be established in Attock for which all the requisite formalities were being completed. He said that these projects would cost more than 1 billion rupees. 

Complete Story: http://www.nation.com.pk/national/10-Mar-2014/govt-according-priority-to-education-minister

 

No nation can progress without education: Raja Ishfaq Sarwar

Minister for Labour and Human Resource at a gathering in Murree said that no nation can  progress without education. The government is trying its best to improve the education sector but private institutions must also play a part in this effort.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-03-10/page-4

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No nation can progress without education: Malik Abrar Ahmed

Addressing a gathering in Islamabad, Anjum Aqeel, former MNA said that the government is working to ensure that every child is enrolled in school. Speakers at the conference said that the Pakistani youth is an asset and they are the future leaders.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-03-10/page-5

 

Fake Teachers in Sindh get paid Rs 20m

The officials at Sindh education department are canny enough that they could, in George Orwell’s words, turn black into white. In yet another scam designed to give legitimacy to over 9500 allegedly fake teaching and non-teaching appointments during the tenure of former education minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq, the department officials have colluded with the Sindh accountant general's office to adjust the appointments to old dates, enabling the appointees to draw salaries and allowances amounting to approximately Rs. 20 million.

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