Armed forces of Pakistan are not only working on defense front but also on welfare projects for their personals and for civilians also. Their schools and institutes are working well as compared to civilian institutes because of their proper management, professionalism and attitude towards students. APS, cadet colleges, medical colleges and universities all are doing great jobs in their respective fields.
On 8th March 2016, a new initiative which was much needed launched by the Pakistan Air Force. The Air Force has decided to build a teacher training institute for special children. At PAF Lahore base, the Foundation stone laid by Chief Minister of Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif along with Air Chief marshal Suhail Amaan and senior PAF officials.
This project is actually the idea and initiative of Pakistan air force women association “PAFWA” aimed at providing quality education and training to teachers. The PAF is also running a school for special children with capacity of 100 students. The special children are from both side; children of PAF officials and civilians also. The chief minister also visited the school and praised the working of school management. The school has all the required facilities for the special children. The chief minister in his address said that this institute would provide quality training to teachers and it’s an important hall mark of PAF.
The project was much needed in current time. There is no credible institute of teachers training for special children schools in Pakistan. The schools are also low in number and teachers are not equipped with modern education techniques. The facilities in schools are not sufficient and well designed.
Some private institution are running by welfare organization and doing quite well. But in case of special children school facilities and staff is normally very costly. The regular funding to school by parent welfare organization is not an easy job. In era of inflation, the inclusion of Govt. Sector is needed.
There are some suggestions in this regard:
- The provincial Governments should prepare a working plan to fund and facilitate all the private special children school. The govt. will provide training to teachers and exempt the school from the payment of utility bills. With this initiative, the fee will remain in domain of parent’s income.
- All provincial governments should plan to build provincial training institutes for teachers with the help of PAF and free of cost training should be provided to all teachers on regular basis.
- The provincial government should designate one public school in each town where a section for special children will be made and regularly check by concerned authorities.
- Federal govt. could facilitate by providing necessary facilitating equipment and machinery to schools.
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The children have been seemed sometimes as burden by some parents. They even don’t care to send them to special school because of long distance and transport issues. The transport factor should be a vital feature in any plan for special children.