Prov­inces pledge leg­is­la­tion on right to ed­u­ca­tion

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Laud­ing the re­cently passed bill in Na­tional As­sem­bly guar­an­tee­ing free qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 out-of-school chil­dren in Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (ICT), all pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments reaf­firmed their de­ter­mi­na­tion for en­force­ment of Ar­ti­cle 25-A in their ar­eas through en­act­ing pro­vin­cial bills in pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies. This con­sen­sus sup­port for Right to Ed­u­ca­tion came from all prov­inces dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tions of In­ter-pro­vin­cial Fo­rum on Right to Ed­u­ca­tion, or­ga­nized by United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) and UNICEF here on Wed­nes­day.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ters and key of­fi­cials from pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments along with ed­u­ca­tion­ists, Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and Sen­a­tors at­tended the meet­ing.

Dr Kozue Kay Na­gata, UNESCO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in her open­ing re­marks ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment Ar­ti­cle 25-A in their re­spec­tive ar­eas. She said, "To­day's meet­ing will pro­vide us an op­por­tu­nity to learn about vi­sion, and plans of Prov­inces. We will dis­cuss and de­bate var­i­ous strate­gies and ap­proaches to­wards bring­ing ev­ery child into school, start­ing from leg­is­la­tion to in­creas- ing ed­u­ca­tion bud­get, ex­pand­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet learn­ing needs of chil­dren be­long­ing to dif­fer­ent groups and ar­eas." Min­is­ter of Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion in Balochis­tan, Mir Jan Changezi stressed to in­te­grate skill-based train­ing for stu­dents at school level. He said that sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy is the need of the time, and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem should main­stream tech­nol­ogy-based skills, which can im­part to de­cent oc­cu­pa­tion in coming days.

"It is ev­i­dent that although pro­vin­cial/area gov­ern­ments are sin­cere to ful­fill this Con­sti­tu­tional ' Right to Ed­u­ca­tion' in their ar­eas but fi­nan­cial con­straints and other devel­op­men­tal and ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­i­gen­cies are hin­der­ing the process," said the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing,Sheikh Waqas Akram. "I ap­pre­ci­ate the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ments which have taken con­crete steps like pre­par­ing draft Bills and urge upon other prov­inces and Ar­eas to ex­pe­dite their ef­forts to con­vert the dream of a lit­er­ate and ed­u­ca­tion Pak­istan into a re­al­ity", Akram fur­ther added. Some two years back, UNESCO, Is­lam­abad fa­cil­i­tated prepa­ra­tion of the draft Bill on the "Right to Free and Com­pul­sory Ed­u­ca­tion", on the re­quest of Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee.

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