Int’l com­mu­nity pledges $ 1b for ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Gor­don Brown, UN Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Spe­cial En­voy on Ed­u­ca­tion said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would of­fer about one bil­lion dol­lar for ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan over the next three to four years. "The money has been pledged by num­ber of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and friendly coun­tries," he said while speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence af­ter ad­dress­ing they Youth Fo­rum here at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

He said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity wanted to make en­sure there was no child mar­riage and labour and cases of dis­crim­i­na­tion on ba­sis on gen­der.

Pak­istan's govern­ment and po­lit­i­cal par­ties wanted to dou­ble ex­pen­di­ture on ed­u­ca­tion to achieve goal of uni­ver­sal ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, he added. Brown said, he met with Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif, Fi­nance Min­is­ter and ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters of all prov­inces to dis­cuss pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan and they all were de­ter­mined for the cause of ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan. "I am here to pro­mote and im­ple­ment plan for uni­ver­sal ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan. There are seven mil­lion chil­dren who are out of schools in Pak­istan. The world can­not achieve its goal un­less Pak­istan make progress

in de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion and sent ev­ery child to school," he said. He said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity was ready to pro­vide fi­nance to Pak­istani govern­ment and prov­inces as as­sis­tance in school's build­ing and equip­ments and train­ing for school teach­ers over the next few years. It was en­cour­ag­ing that busi­ness com­mu­nity, civil so­ci­ety and prov­inces were ready to achieve mil­len­nium gaol on ed­u­ca­tion, he added. He said there was strong con­sen­sus in Pak­istan that ed­u­ca­tion was pri­or­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion in ev­ery prov­ince to move faster.

"We must de­velop con­certed mea­sur­ers to send girl and boys to schools. We hope to de­velop new pro­pos­als to speed up ef­forts to of­fer ed­u­ca­tion to ev­ery child," he added.

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