Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that girls’ education is the pre-requisite for country’s economic development. He said this while dressing the seminar organised by the Federal Ministry for Education and Professional Training and Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE) at Planning Commission Auditorium, Pak Secretariat, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad.

Lauding the efforts of PAGE and Alight Pakistan in addressing the girls’ education across Pakistan, Shafqat Mahmood said a lot more dedicated efforts are the need of the hour overcome the daunting task of changing the educational landscape of Pakistan. He said that the current government is also putting in sincere efforts to improve the quality and standards of education, particularly for the girls, in the country.

Country Representative, American Refugee Committee, Dr. Tariq H. Cheema, said that the girls education is of paramount importance as the future mothers prepares the future generations to lead the nations.

He said that more strenuous and focused efforts and resources must be dedicated for the provision of quality education to the children who do not have access to schools or are out-of-schools due to poverty and other reasons.

He explained that only 39 % of rural girls attend secondary school – far fewer than the rural boys (45 percent) who are able to make it the secondary school. He highlighted that only effective public-private partnerships can turn these crises into an opportunity and address challenges pertaining to girl’s education in Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood and Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman, National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTAC), gave away prizes and awards

ARC Pakistan is implementing the country’s biggest enrolment program to enroll one million Out-Of-School Children (OOSC) in Pakistan.