Education key to success: Asifi
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.”