ISLAMABAD: Welcoming Swat deal between Pakistan government and
Taliban, Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani on Tuesday underlined that
shattered schools of girls will be re-opened again after construction urging adhoc
and daily wages teachers will be regularized soon.
Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani expressed these views while talking
to journalists following his participation at the inaugural session of the National
Consultative Literacy Workshop organized by National Commission for Human Development
(NCHD) in collaboration of UNESCO and Ministry of Education in Islamabad.
The Minister welcomed the agreement between NWFP government and Malakand adding
it will help greatly in restoration of peace while residents will take a sigh
The Minister said that the government will adopt a holistic approach and honor
all international commitments to combat illiteracy in Swat and other areas while
stressing a need for women education.
Regarding Farah Hamid Dogar case, Minister said that departmental report will
unveil in next two days adding in view of court’s verdict, future strategy
would be devise according to it.
Earlier while addressing in the inaugural session of the National Consultative
Literacy Workshop organized by National Commission for Human Development (NCHD)
in collaboration of UNESCO and Ministry of Education in Islamabad, Minister said
that NCHD has been given the lead role for adult literacy.
The Federal Ministry of Education will extend full support to NCHD in their efforts
for eradication of illiteracy in Pakistan. I expect all provincial governments
and donors to extend full support to NCHD, he pointed.
Member of National Assembly Shahnaz Wazir Ali hailed the efforts of NCHD and donor
agencies to mitigate illiteracy in the country.
However she said that these programs need consistency and should be converted
into a constant process. She further said that without improving the socio-economic
conditions any improvement in education and literacy remains a far cry.
Maurice Robson, the Director UNESCO delivered the message on behalf of Director
General UNESCO. Dr. Robson said that literacy has to be given priority in government
agendas to combat all ills of society. He emphasized on making the school environment
child friendly and education a joyful experience for the children attending the
Zulfiqar Ahmed Chief Operating Officer, NCHD said that at national level there
should be a coordinating body, which could develop coordination with the province
on fast track basis. NCHD being declared the lead agency in the field of literacy
by Federal Ministry of Education could facilitate the Ministry of Education.
Iqbal-ur-Rehman, Director Education, NCHD who is also the program head of NCHD
Literacy Program said that literacy is a matter of national security, he said
that NCHD literacy program is currently based on phonetic approach and the National
Literacy Program of NCHD is well received in 122 districts of Pakistan where over
120,000 Adult Literacy Centers were established and nearly 2.5 million people