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Community participation necessary to increase literacy rate

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Thursday said no human being could attain socio-economic progress without education.
“No nation in the world can attain development and prosperity without the support of education and it is the foremost right of every child which deserves tremendous attention. Education is such an important inheritance which is not limited to any body but is the fundamental right of everyone. It is important to work on emergency basis for bringing improvements in the quality of education,” he added.
In his message on International Literacy Day, the chief minister said the role of an educated person helped in moulding the overall character of the society as the nations excel due to the power of education and attain a notable position in the comity of nations. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-N government was giving bright future to children through promoting education as the education sector was the development-base of any nation.
He said education was the only mean of dealing with challenges like poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. The teachers should give education to their students as if students were their own children and their character building should also be fully taken care of.
“I would appeal to parents to give attention to education of their children and make them the best architects for nation-building,” he said and added solid steps had been taken to ensure for education in the province and composite policy had been devised so that the education sector could effectively deal with the contemporary challenges.
Citing different steps for the promotion of education sector, he said merit based appointments of teachers, the Zawar-e- Taleem Programme and initiatives like teachers’ training were important steps along with up-gradation and increase in the number of schools and colleges and enhancement in science and computer laboratories.
He said, special attention had been given to improve the quality of education. “This day requires that departments concerned should proactively work to help increase the literacy ratio and we should also make a pledge to help enhance the literacy ratio,” concluded the chief minister.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated the students securing top positions in BA, B.Sc. exams.
He has said that the position holders have made their parents and teachers proud with their hard work and added that hard work is a key to success. It is my conviction that hard work does not go down the drain in any field including the education sector. It is satisfying that despite having fewer resources, some of the students have achieved this position with their hard work, commitment and passion.
Our talented students have the ability to alter the course of history; he added and further said that our bright and intelligent youth is a symbol of bright future of the country.
He said that Punjab government will continue to provide resources for such intelligent and bright students as education is the only ladder to progress and provision of resources for education-promotion is a beneficial investment.
The Chief Minister further said that Punjab government is pursuing a comprehensive program of encouragement of the students as well as improvement of the education sector.

Ahmad, Salim. Community participation necessary to increase literacy rate. Pakistan Observer, September 8, 2017.

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