SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ch. Ehsan Iqbal has said that the government was encouraging the brilliant students by providing them unique opportunities to shine and serve the nation and the country in better way in future.
He stated this while addressing the participants of the prize distribution ceremony held here at Narowal on Sunday under the auspices of National Rural Development Programme (NRDP). Local MPAs Khawaja Mohammad Waseem Butt, Rana Manan Khan, President PML-N Malik Tariq Awan, senior officials of British Council Islamabad and Narowal DCO Syed Najaf Iqbal were also present on this occasion.
The minister stressed upon the need of promotion of quality education, urging the teachers and parents to focus on the character building of their children, besides, providing them quality education, as the children were the future of the nation, enabling them to serve the nation and country in better way in future.
He said as many as 40 percent children in the country were still lying away from the schools in Pakistan. He said government has established as many as 150 news schools in Narowal district, He said 3000 students had been enrolled in different schools jointly by National Rural Development Programme (NRDP) and British Council Islamabad under British Council’s specially designed programme namely “Take a child to school”.
Ch. Ehsan Iqbal said that according to the UNESCO reports as many as 5.5 million children do not go to the schools in Pakistan, which was a height of criminal negligence of the concerned officials, in this regard.
He said the promulgation of a single uniform education system for everyone in the country was the demand of the day and the government was actively focusing on it, saying that the educational upgradation and development was vital for social development and national prosperity in the country.
He said children and students were the future of the country and the coming generations would have to defend the ideological and geographical boundaries of the country by making it a Pakistan as envisaged by the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The minister also distributed prizes among the local brilliant students.