UNESCO urges free education in PKP

Peshawar, MTT News Desk: To gear the support for Right to Free and Compulsory Education for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) organized provincial forum Right to Education today in Peshawar. Education Minister and key officials from provincial education departments along with educationists, Parliamentarians and Senators attended the meeting.

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, UNESCO Representative in her statement expressed her confidence on Provincial governments to implement Article 25-A in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She said, Todays meeting will provide us an opportunity to learn about vision, and plans of Provinces. We will discuss and debate various strategies and approaches towards bringing every child into school, starting from legislation to increasing education budget, expanding and diversifying educational opportunities to meet learning needs of children belonging to different groups and areas.

Minister of Education in KP, Sardar Hussain Babuk stressed to integrate skill-based training for students at school level. He said that education is the need of the time, and the education system should mainstream technology-based skills, which can be only solution to change the fate of millions of illiterate boys and girls in this province.

Mr. Arshad Saeed Khan, Senior Education Specialist UNESCO said, I appreciate the Provincial Governments which have taken concrete steps like preparing draft Bills but this is the time to legislate the Free Education Act this is in benefit of all, then why loose more time.

UNESCO, Islamabad is facilitating Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in preparation of the draft Bill on the Right to Free and Compulsory Education. The similar Bill has been approved already for Sindh and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).


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