Ed­u­ca­tion key to suc­cess: Asifi

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Nansen Refugee Award Lau­re­ate, Aqeela Asifi has said that in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion means in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of a na­tion, ed­u­ca­tion is a key for suc­cess, de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity. She was ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing or­ga­nized in her honor by the UN Refugee Agency and its part­ner agency WESS at the Univer­sity of Balochis­tan on Fri­day, said a press re­lease.

The event was held to pay trib­ute to Asifi’s tire-less ef­forts in brin­ing ed­u­ca­tion to some of the most un­der­priv­i­leged Afghan refugee girls. Asifi was on a three-day mis­sion to Balochis­tan for the first time. Her visit was aimed at high­light­ing the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren in ex- ile. Dur­ing her stay, she also vis­ited Saranan Refugee Vil­lage, where she held meet­ings with com­mu­nity elders, teach­ers, stu­dents and their par­ents.

In her in­ter­ac­tion with refugee teach­ers and par­ents, Asifi un­der­lined that chil­dren and youth who are not in schools, do not ben­e­fit from their in­ter­na­tion­ally estab­lished right to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, and are at greater risk of ex­ploita­tion, in­clud­ing early mar­riage and child labour.

On the last day of her visit, Aqeela Asifi at-tended an event at the Univer­sity of Balochis­tan. Asifi in her ad-dress noted that an ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem should not only be fo­cus­ing on teach­ing young peo­ple how to make a liv­ing but also teach them how to make a life. “Only then we would achieve our ob­jec­tive of a pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety.” She added. Also present at the oc­ca­sion were Vice Chan­cel­lor, Univer­sity of Balochis­tan Prof.Dr. Javid Iqbal; Afghan Con­sul Gen­eral Wa­heedul­lah Mo­mand; Se­cre­tory Ed­u­ca­tion Balochis­tan, Sa­boor Kakar; and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive WESS, Pervez Iqbal and a huge num­ber of stu­dents. Com­mis­sioner Afghan Refugees in Balochis­tan, Brig (Ret) Ma­sud Ahmed in his speech also high­lighted the im­por­tance of giv­ing refugee chil­dren ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion.

He said, “Ed­u­cated refugees pro­vide lead­er­ship in dis­place­ment sit­u­a­tions and in re­build­ing com­mu­ni­ties, re­cov­er­ing from con­flict. Ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides knowl­edge and skill de­vel­op­ment that strengthen the ca­pac­ity of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to be agents of so­cial trans­for­ma­tion.”

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