Islamabad (25-04-2018):- Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MOENT), Government of Pakistan, and American Refugee Committee (ARC) has today launched a country-wide program to enroll over one million out-of-school children with the collaboration of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, Qatar. This program is a part of a global initiative by EAA to educate 10 Million out of school children globally.

Over the course of three years, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan & American Refugee Committee, Pakistan intend to reach and enroll children into quality primary education in 53 districts of Punjab, Baluchistan, Sindh Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Gilgit Baltistan. In addition to Provincial Education Departments, National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), BECS and Elementary and Secondary Foundation and JICA are also partners in this program.

The demand for access to quality education has been continuously escalating in Pakistan. The program aims to improve educational outcomes by addressing barriers to education and through bridging gaps in public schools system across Pakistan. Article 25 A of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 clearly lays down primary education as a basic right of citizens. Pakistan is also a signatory to international commitments such as SDGs, EFA etc.

“Strengthening education systems is also a priority for Government of Pakistan, and MOENT is devising strategies for promoting primary education,” said the honorable federal minister for Education Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, who was the chief guest at the ceremony. He reiterated the government’s commitment to achieving the national targets under Goal 4 of Sustainable Development Goals which aims to provide quality education to people of Pakistan. He further added that this uphill task can only be achieved through a collaborative effort of public, private, development sectors and philanthropic support.

Speaking at the Launch Ceremony, Country Representative ARC Pakistan Dr. Tariq Cheema said that ARC is committed to the investment in our future generations through education. He thanked the representatives of provincial education departments and partners for joining hands to strengthen the educations systems in Pakistan.

Secretary Education Punjab Dr. Allah Baksh Malik, Chairperson NCHD Ms. Rozina Alam Khan, Joint Educational Advisor Mr. Rafique Tahir, and Representative of Qatar Embassy Mr. Masoud Talib H.M. Al-Athbi were also present at the occasion.