In Islamabad, the higher education commission of Pakistan has arranged a meeting. The meeting was held to review the progress on the educational alliance in Pakistan.
Microsoft and higher educational commission of Pakistan took an initiative to provide easy access to Microsoft software, improve the technical skills, facilities of trainings, infrastructures and cloud services programs to the university students and the faculty members all over the Pakistan. About 156 public and private sector universities all over the Pakistan can get the advantages of this program.
The chairman of higher education commission of Pakistan Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, the Executive Director Mansoor Akbar Kundi and the IT Director General Anwar Amjad were present during the decision – making meeting in Islamabad. Whereas the representatives of Microsoft includes North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) General Manager Leila Serhan, Public Sector Lead NEPA Harb Bou-Harb & Technology Strategist for Public Sector and Education Jibran Jamshad who shared the feedback with Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) officials about the performance and progress of the alliance.
One of the important decisions made during the meeting was to start Microsoft IT Academy programme to enhance the technical skills among the students and faculty members of different institutions on various Microsoft technologies. In addition to the previous one, the two organizations also get agreed to establish a centre named Microsoft innovation centre (MIC) in Islamabad as advised by the IT Director General Anwar Amjad. It was also said that the all such centers in Pakistan requires the effective role of Microsoft especially in the case of dealings with technologies.
While giving comments on the progress of this project, North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) General Manager Leila Serhan said that “It is a pleasure to note that our collaborative initiative is helping the students and educators in Pakistan to realize their potential and elevate the standards of higher education in Pakistan. The project is designed to ensure access to latest Microsoft software products and relevant trainings workshops conducted by qualified Microsoft trainers. It is creating opportunities for the Pakistani students to compete in local as well as global market”
The IT director general at higher education commission of Pakistan Anwar Amjad while giving his view point on the progress of the programme, said that “We appreciate the support of Microsoft in this initiative, which is well on its way to nurture a highly evolved academic culture in Pakistan, by integrating global advancements and cutting-edge tools, to bring the domestic curriculum and learning at par with the leading universities of the world. Thus, empowering our students to contribute and compete in the global workforce. However, we still have a long way to go together”.
The higher education commission of Pakistan and Microsoft has successfully put hands into hands for the progress of this programme. Their collaboration from last five years with each other is providing many advantages not only to the universities but also to the students and the faculty members of different institutions from all over the Pakistan.
Knowledge has no end. It is always growing. But Pakistan is different from rest of the world in this regard. The human mind has an interesting fact that it can accept the new theories easily, in fact this is how we learn but in our countries ,our people has a mindset to reject the new ideas rather to accept them and extend them. For example, the inclusive education. Many theoretician of education, usually have an idea to educate the disabled students similar to everyone else in normal schools. There is a question arises, to what extend this theory is being practicable in Pakistan.
6% to 14% of Pakistani populations have some disabilities, according to the census of 1998. This means that among 180 million of Pakistan’s population, 4 to 8 million people are classified as disabled. And even among these 45% are under 18. According to a report, about 2 million disable children of school ages are at high risk, although many efforts has been made and many money has been spent but still 2% of disable children have accessed to good education although they are at high risk. And another 2 % of disable children get their education from ordinary schools without the extra care, effort and attention they require. See this is Pakistan where there is special education for disables but that is only for urban people. about 1.5 million youngsters of rural area have no means to get education. So analyzing this we can say that in Pakistan the inclusive education is simple a drop in the bucket.
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The people who proposed the theory of inclusive education wanted to provide all the special requirements to the disable students in the normal educational institutions. To carry out work for the inclusive education, one should analyze the situations that are prevailing in our country. The people who have given the proposals of the theory of inclusive education believes that the it is a kind of intrusion in human rights to keep these children apart from their equal ones. At this point we can say that the inclusive education might be interference between their rights to get special attention from specialists that they need.
While interviewing experienced professors and asking them a question that are we ready to provide our disable children with education who require extra care and effort in ordinary schools with normal ones? According to Professor Hameed, 4% of our disable children are allowed to go special schools. The other 96% are not allowed to go to such special schools. Moreover we do not have much trained teachers who can teach to special children. We have lack of many resources also. Unfortunately we have an acute shortage of experts and yet no efforts are made in this regard. So we are not ready for inclusive education according to him.
We are not ready to provide our disable child with quality education at school level. So we need to work hard in this respect. This is a big challenge to teach children having disabilities. We need to change our system and strategies. As we have not many resources so we should make it possible to give education to our disable children by fulfilling their extra requirements in ordinary institution with normal students. But till now our educational institutions are not well equipped to provide education to disables along with normal.
Khalid rasheed from university of management sciences and technology said that the separation between the special and normal schools not only exist in Pakistan but also in the gulf as well. It is not easy to teach the special and normal students in a same classroom. Children with minor disabilities can be included in normal schools. But with huge disability it is very difficult to teach them with normal in one class when we have not well trained teachers.
Pakistan is an important country and present government under the leadership of prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has chalked out the educational vision 2025, so as to bring all parts and areas of the country on unified level of literary, education technology and social uplift. This was stated by Federal minister for planning, development and reforms Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the faculty member of Sindh Madrassatul Islam on Wednesday ,December 3,2014.
He said that present government has given the slogan of passionate Pakistan, which will create education of job oriented with positive thinking and social responsibility. He added that there is a need of joint identity to our country.
On December 3,2014 ,while addressing the gathering during the visit to the Sindh Madrassatul Islam (SMIU) ,Federal minister for planning, development and reforms Ahsan Iqbal said that the present educational system does not meet the challenges of modern era.
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He further added that the National Curriculum Council has been constituted to review the educational syllabus and to develop it to the international standard. He also said that many efforts are also being made for standardization of examination systems in all educational boards on Pakistan.
Federal minister Ahsan Iqbal said that mobility is the spirit of education and one of the objectives of education is to provide flexibility to students, so that no question be raised on the worth of their degrees. He also said that improvement in the schools education is crucial to the development of the education. He also asked for developing a positive thinking in the youths. He said that “we will have to bring stability in Pakistan to attract foreign investors”.
He called upon the press conference to present the positive and healthy image of Pakistan to the world. He said that many citizens have shown their extra ordinary skills in different fields and he said it is our duty to show their qualities before the world.
Federal minister for planning, development and reforms Ahsan Iqbal said that there is a need that all political leaders should play their role for development and prosperity of Pakistan. He said we should develop a sense of common purpose because collective skills are needed for betterment of Pakistan.
He pointed out that the highest every budgetary allocation has been made this year for High Education Commission (HEC). He said that every youth will be provided university education at his doorstep by 2018. He also called for the need to use new technologies and re-engineer processes to get smarter results. Earlier, Sindh Madrassatul Islam (SMIU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh welcomed the minister and expressed gratitude for visiting Sindh Madrassatul Islam ( SMIU ).
Federal minister for planning, development and reforms Ahsan iqbal said that the Sindh Madrassatul Islam (SMIU ) was founded in 1885 and being the oldest Muslim educational institute, it has always maintained high standard of education. He said the Sindh Government has approved 100 acres of land for its new campus. He also presented books to the Federal Planning and Development Minister.
LAHORE: Pakistan has revered in its Constitution the right of all youngsters to get quality instruction and a protected and solid environment, Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Monday.
He was tending to the members of the British Council's strategy dialog on the most proficient method to Foster a More Inclusive Education System in Pakistan at the Governor's House.
"As indicated by UNICEF gauges, in excess of 1.4 million Pakistani youngsters with incapacities are as of now away from the school. The issue is more pervasive among young ladies," Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar told.
"The circumstances in the Punjab is somewhat better with a specialized curriculum schools in extremely sub-locale, with a financing of over Rs1 billion consistently. To encourage such kids at post-graduate level, the Higher Education Commission has asked our colleges to hold a 1 for every penny amount for understudies with handicaps. There is a need to find out whether this is really executed or not," he said.
Sarwar spoke that it was basic that the legislature expand its exertions in both comprehensive training and custom curriculum.
"This will oblige a thorough and synergistic methodology from the administration and from the instruction division to expand the right to gain entrance to schools, colleges and professional preparing focuses," he said.
He adulated both the British Council and the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) for putting their time and assets in raising the profile of persons with incapacities in Pakistan.
"We ought to just view this as an issue point. There is considerably more that is still to be carried out," he said.
Amid the dialog, the board was led by Peter Upton, the British Council Pakistan nation executive. It likewise offered Sir Martin Davidson, the British Council CEO, and Higher Education Department Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Special Talent Exchange Program president Atif Sheik, Special Education Secretary Ambreen Raza and DFID Senior Education Advisor Barbara Payne.
The panelists focused on the criticalness of the issues and contended unequivocally for the advancement of the structure of incorporation in training in all sections of society, incorporating vocation for persons with inabilities.
Pakistan’s law stated that every children has the right to free and compulsory education, even though millions of children are not getting their right in Pakistan,
The report of Alif Ailaan titled “25 Million Broken Promises”, this report tells that about 25.02 million children of Pakistan in the age of 5 to 16 years are not going to schools, and a huge amount of inactivates are also with them.
The incapacities are thought as the useless people in most of the countries in the world but they are also the citizen of the nation they have the equal rights as anyone else.
So we have to think about them, we have to make the plan about their future, because in-activeness is not caused by themselves this is a natural phenomenon and we cannot neglect them, but we can motivate them that they are not inferior then any one.
If any one of them have the ability of getting education then motivate him or her and others can be trained for any professional skill which can be helpful for them and their families.
In this way they can use their skills and also it will be better for the organization in which they are working so we have to think about them they are among of us and we are among of them.
MALALA IS GIVING HER $100,000 OF AWARD TO HELP EDUCATE KIDS IN PAKISTANMalala Yousaf Zai, the child rights futuristic is the youngest person of the whole world who has won the Nobel Prize, now she has also won the freedom Medal on Tuesday, and she has guaranteed that she will donate her $100,000 award to improve the education system in Pakistan.
Yousaf Zai received the annual prize from the National Constitution Center due to her “bravery and spirit in the face of difficulty and for raising a voice for those people who are not speaking for their human rights and liberties” the NCC said this.
The 17 years old girl, gave a speech charting her wish to see the 57 million children that they are are presently out of the school. She has given the right to an education system in Pakistan and she told with in the few days after winning the Nobel Prize with India’s Kailash Satyarthi.
“I am very pleased to receive this medal,” she said in a speech sprinkled with jokes. “It motivates me to carry on my movement for education system in Pakistan and all around the world and to fight for the human rights of each and every child in,” she added. Malala announced that she will donate her Prize money towards the education for the development of education system in Pakistan.
She has called on countries round the whole world to resist spending the money on guns and weapons and she said that instead of this people should spend the money to devote in their children’s futures for education. She also said that, “Education is the best weapon through which we can fight deficiency, illiteracy and violence. So I ask all the countries all around the whole world, let us say no to wars.”
The schoolgirl, who presently lives in Britain, rose to standing in Pakistan. She has protest for girls’ right to education in Pakistan. In October 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman and is regarded with distrust and disgust among many people in our country, Pakistan.
Emigrant to Britain, she has made a significant recovery in Pakistan and today she has attend the school and flies around the world to champion for universal access to education system through her Malala Fund donations.
“Malala’s brave fight for equality and freedom from oppression is the indication that; she is a loving, committed leader and irrespective of age. She has the power to burst out a movement for the developmentof education system in Pakistan,” said NCC chairman Jeb Bush. “Let us all, young and old people, try to be like Malala—to challenge the status quo and to serve as the substances for a meaningful change in Pakistan.”
The Freedom Medal is granted to those people who have struggled to secure the freedom for people around the whole world. Past receivers include the former presidents such as George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan and Bono.
10 disturbing facts about Pakistani Youngsters Away from SchoolPakistan’s law stated that every children has the right to free and compulsory education, even though millions of children are not getting their right in Pakistan, a news report by Alif Ailaan
The report of Alif Ailaan titled “25 Million Broken Promises”, this report tells that about 25.02 million children of Pakistan in the age of 5 to 16 years are not going to schools.
"What's more awful, the extent of out-of-school youngsters (OOSC) increments as the level of instruction climbs so that by the higher-auxiliary level very nearly 85% are not in school," the report uncovers.
There is 10 bad counts about the education crises in Pakistan which are mentioned in report
- Maximum children away from school are in Baluchista. Baluchistan has the 66% children, who are not going to school, this is the biggest amount of children away from school in any province of Pakistan. And after Baluchistan is Fata which has the range about 62% then Sindh is 51%, Gilgat Baltistan is 48%, Punjab is 47%, Azad Jammu Kashmir is 43% and K-P is 34% and the least amount is only 16%
- More than 50% of Pakistan youngsters away from school are from Punjab. The youngsters who are out of school are more than 50% from Punjab and the remaining are from other regions like it is only0.2% in Islamabad, 1% form Gilgat, 2% from AJK, 3% in Fata, 7% Baluchistan, 10% in K-P and then 25% in the Sindh, this is the %age of the out of school youngsters are division wise
- It is difficult to girls to go to school. In Pakistan it is very difficult thing for the girls to go to school and we look towards the graph of the comparison of the out of school gender and region wise
- It gives us information that, there is maximum out of school girls are from the Fata which are 78% and boys are 47%, second position goes to Baluchistan which is on 72% girls and 61% boys, Punjab has 50% girls and 44% boys, minimum number of girls away from school is in the Islamabad and it is only 12% and boys 19%. Elder youngsters are more away from school. In Pakistan as the age increases the number of youngsters away from school increases with age. As we look towards graph between age and out of school girls (OOSC), this is looks like this the maximum number of youngsters away from school are at the age of 16 which is about 55% and then 51% of 15 years age than decreases as we come towards the less age and at the 7 to 5 it increases again and it reaches up to 31%
- Most of the parents did not allow the girls to go to school and boys are not willing to go. In Pakistan if we look for the girls the most of the parents did not allowed to girls to go to school and if they are willing about the boys, unfortunately they are so good they do not want to go to school about the girls it is about that 34% parents did not allowed her and in case of boys 38% are not willing to go
- Most of the girls are not going to school because they are doing help of their parents in their work
- 70% of that children never went to school from the students away from school
- Most of youngsters related from poor families
- The education system is not able to keep the youngsters who are in school
- Young ladies make up more than 50% of full scale out of-school kids
Celebration of Nobel Prize
Hundreds of people gathered in Islamabad near National press Club, this was not a simple protest participant were also holding the placards and shouting slogans,
“over the last 20 months ,Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, Gold medals and now Nobel Prize,” written on one of the placard at that event,
Civilians got together to show gratitude to Malala a schoolgirl of only 17 years old from one of the most beautiful valley of Pakistan Swat, who become a proud of her country by winning the Nobel Prize and become the youngest person of the world who got any Nobel Prize in history.
A poet and writer said that “women, young and old ,continue to outshine the men of Pakistan in every field, showing their resolve to progress and better themselves”
The celebration event was organized under the Aurat foundation, they also cut a cake to the name of Malala’s Nobel Prize, the people present also set free some white birds which shows the symbol of peace.
Many people paid tribute to the Malala like the poet and activist Kishwar Naheed, Tahira Abdullah, Naeem Mirza, Alia Mirza, Irfan Mufti and others.
All the participant were agreed with the view that “Malala had cleared the mind of the world that Pakistani are the thirsty of education” by speaking against the Taliban.
Kishwar Naheed titled her as the “Pride of Nation” she is the youngest person of the world who got the Nobel Prize, this is a great achievement for us
Mr. Khalique and Ms. Naheed also spoke some good words in the honor of Malala and Mr. Kalique also sang a few verses of his poetry written by him in October 2012 on shooting Malala ,
“Malala, there is already little light; let not the flame of life go out.
The words you have written in blood; Let them not be erased”
Social activist Mufti Irfan said that by her struggle to the education Malala has shown that “there is no place of Taliban in Pakistan” he also said that “she was the committed girl , who spoke against the armed Taliban”
Tahira Abdullah told that she had called to the Malala’s family and they thanked to all the Pakistanis for all this love and such an honor to Malala and her family, she also thanked to all of participant on the behalf of Malala and her family
Talking with the news reporter of Dawn news an English news paper Naeem Mirza said that “current century was an age of women’s empowerment”.
This shows that in the time of modern age women are doing more efficient work as compare to the men, these are not any shameful words for men but these are the words for to pay tribute to the women of the modern age, who is not only a women who only works on home and do nothing out there but these are the women who works on home and also out of home much efficient.
The chains of slavery have been no longer now, women were playing their important role, in all departments like politics, police, education, media, and almost all fields.