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