Enrolment of million of out-of-school children top priority: Shafqat

Education minister says govt is working to ensure educational access at every level

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood has said that millions of children are still out-of-school and bringing them to schools is the government’s top-most priority.

The minister said this on Sunday in a special message to students on the occasion of the International Education Day. He added that education is the key to the country’s progress and prosperity, stressing that it is the right of every child to have equal educational opportunities and facilities.

The federal minister said that the government is working to ensure this access to education at every level.

The minister also spoke about the disruption of educational activities because of the coronavirus pandemic and said that the government is making efforts and mobilising its resources to make up for the loss of time that students had to suffer due to the lockdown.

“It is our national duty to equip the younger generation of Pakistan with the power of education, and all classes of society must play a part in ensuring that,” he said.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The third International Day of Education (January 24) will be marked on Monday (25 January 2021) under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalise Education for the Covid-19 Generation’.

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