Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education and Power, Mohammad Atif Khan has said that promotion of quality education was the top most priority of the PTI-led provincial government adding that help in this sector from any quarter would be warmly welcomed. Uplift of nations was only possible through promotion of education and that was why our focus was on promotion of this very important sector, he maintained.
This he stated on the eve of the MOU signing ceremony between Elementary & Secondary Education Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Vision21 Foundation for partnership to establish and run second shift Speed Literacy Centers (SLC) in 5 government primary schools in Peshawar. Additional Secretary Education Qaiser Alam was also present on this occasion.
Managing Director Elementary Education Foundation Allah Nawaz Soomro and Director of Vision21 Foundation Dr. Khalid Irshad signed the MOU. After the signing ceremony, both parties, affirmed to extend the initiative and join hands in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa efforts for providing quality education and enrolling maximum number of students.
According to the MOU details, Vision21 will initiate and manage the SLCs in the afternoon shifts in the adopted schools for both girls and boys. The program will be completely free of cost for the students.
Vision21 will also pay for teachers and other staff and follow the curriculum and text books authorized by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after achieving the target literacy levels. Under the agreement Vision21 will have a student teacher ratio of 20:1 for SLCs and will also organize training for teachers.
Speed Literacy program is a uniquely designed literacy curriculum with an explicit aim to tackle massive illiteracy in Pakistan by teaching the illiterate children how to read and write Urdu and English and to educate to primary levels in a period of one year.
With this unique program children can get out of the illiteracy trap and get back into education. The program has been successfully implemented in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Bannu benefiting above 700 children in a short period of time.
The Education Minister maintained that it was our endeavour that all knowledge-loving organizations come forward and help us in our mission of equipping each and every child with ornament of education so as to eradicate illiteracy and ameliorate the lot of the common man.