NCHD com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing lit­er­acy, skill de­vel­op­ment

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:15 01:30 05:30 09:00 STAFF RE­PORTER

ISLAMABAD—Na­tional com­mis­sion for hu­man de­vel­op­ment (NCHD) is ve­he­mently en­gaged in en­roll­ment drive with the sup­port of pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, donor agen­cies and par­ents all over the coun­try. Through its ef­forts, 82,166 chil­dren have been en­rolled in 5681 Feeder Schools. This was in­formed by the Chair­per­son NCHD, Sen­a­tor (R) Raz­ina Alam Khan in the 42nd Com­mis­sion Meet­ing held here to­day which was at­tended by Mrs. Roshan Khur­shid Bharucha (Mem­ber), Dr. Sono Khang­ha­rani (Mem­ber), Dr. Mubashir Bhatti (Mem­ber), Mr. Rafiq Tahir (Ex-Of­fi­cio Mem­ber – Joint Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­vi­sorMin­istry of Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion & Pro­fes­sional Train­ing), Mr. Abid Hus­sain (Di­rec­tor Gen­eral-NCHD), Mr. Zul­fiqar Ah­mad (Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer - PHDF) and Mr. Ejaz Me­hdi (Ex-Of­fi­cio Mem­ber – Rep . of Secretary, Fi­nance).

The Chair­per­son ex­pressed her con­cern over the fact that 57 Mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try are il­lit­er­ate while 24 Mil­lion chil­dren never go to school. She fur­ther de­plored that out of 26 Mil­lion chil­dren who are en­rolled, only 33% reach the ma­tric­u­la­tion level. While dis­cussing the grim ed­u­ca­tional statis­tic in Pak­istan, Chair­per­son NCHD said the pri­mary net en­roll­ment is 72% out of which 33% are dropouts. The govern­ment was alive on the sit­u­a­tion and tak­ing prac­ti­cal steps to bring all out of school chil­dren into the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. She in­formed that NCHD has im­parted ed­u­ca­tion to 3.84 Mil­lion adults in 164,190 lit­er­acy cen­ters and now the project of bring­ing the students of sem­i­nar­ies into the reg­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram is gain­ing sup­port in FATA and rest of the coun­try.

The project would in­tro­duce science, math­e­mat­ics, so­cial stud­ies and English in the cur­ricu­lum of th­ese students to help them at­tain aca­demic pro­fi­ciency up to class 5th, she in­formed. She said that this project of Deeni Madaras (sem­i­nar­ies) would help en­able the madaras students to achieve aca­demic ex­cel­lence in for­mal and mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional sub­jects. This NCHD project of for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA), Gil­git-Baltistan (G.B), Azad Jammu & Kash­mir (AJK) and Islamabad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (ICT), would as­sist the ex­ist­ing sem­i­nar­ies to pre­pare their chil­dren for pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, she viewed.

While brief­ing the com­mis­sion mem­bers on im­pact of NCHD projects un­der donor fund­ing she said that the fol­low­ing projects are be­ing op­er­a­tional such as:

i. “Main­stream­ing of Deeni Madaras” in 100 madaras of FATA, AJK & ICT with a to­tal bud­get of Rs. 50 mil­lion to ed­u­cate 2500 chil­dren, ii. “Ev­ery Child in School Ini­tia­tive (ECSI)” op­er­at­ing in 10 districts of KPK and 10 districts of South Pun­jab with a bud­get of Rs. 193 Mil­lion and Rs.9.2 Mil­lion re­spec­tively, iii. “Strength­en­ing pol­icy and train­ing for re­ten­tion through in­ten­sive en­roll­ment cam­paign and dropout mech­a­nism” funded by UNICEF with a bud­get of Rs. 50 Mil­lion, iv. “Own a School Ini­tia­tive pro­gram” es­tab­lished 25 schools and en­rolled 1254 chil­dren and v. Pro­vi­sion of pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in KPK through com­mu­nity feeder schools cov­er­ing 6 districts.

The Chair­per­son NCHD stressed the need of lit­er­acy drive on the na­tional level based on skill de­vel­op­ment, em­pow­er­ment of down­trod­den, hu­man de­vel­op­ment and char­ac­ter build­ing. She em­pha­sized the need of students’ re­ten­tion in schools along with mas­sive en­roll­ment drive.

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