1 Goal Education for All with the FIFA Football World Cup
Campaign aimed at giving every child, adult education till 2015
Islamabad, Apr 19: The people all around the world will be participating in an international
campaign '1 Goal: Education for All' from April 19-26, 2010 with the
purpose of giving every child and adult the opportunity to get
education by 2015.
The campaign has been launched to coincide
with the FIFA Football World Cup. The aim of Global Action Week (GAW)
is to give priority to education financing even in the face of the
economic downturn. This year, the theme is 'Education Financing.' The
suggested slogan worldwide for the Action Week 2010 is '1 Goal:
Education for All'.
To join the international community in
this campaign, Pakistan Coalition of Education (PCE) as a member of
Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is organising activities across the
country. Civil society organisations, teacher associations, child
rights campaigners, teachers, parents and students will join together
in these activities to demand free and quality education as a basic
human right and an essential factor for overcoming poverty. There are
774 million adults and 75 million children, who cannot read and write
globally with majority of them in developing countries. Two thirds of
the adults who cannot read and write are women and girls.
PCE is organising GAW 2010 in 45 districts across the country.
Different activities to be carried out during whole week include
classroom activities, discussion sessions with students, public
gatherings, sports activities, politicians go back to school campaign,
displaying of banners at public places, walks, debate and drawing
competitions, message collection from students and teachers on
importance of public financing in education etc. In addition to that,
signature campaign on joining 1 Goal for enhancing education financing,
talk shows on electronic media and radio stations, message campaigns,
awareness raising campaign through bill boards, interviews and
collection of messages from across the country will also be part of the
All these activities would culminate in a dialogue
on education financing, which would be organised in capital. The idea
of this seminar is to share the importance of education public
financing, sharing the budgetary trends in education financing,
highlighting the role of parliamentarians, media, ministry of education
The event would also put forward the demands,
messages and suggestions gathered during the global action week with
the policy makers to influence them to generate a debate in the
parliament and ensure that education sector gets its due share in the
upcoming budget in June. The news
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Contract of firm handling UK visas cancelled
Islamabad: A courier service handling UK visa applications has
lost its contract and the management of British High Commission's
service provider running visa application centres has been forced to
quit amid a controversy over stolen visa stickers and lost and defaced
passports.But, emergence of another case of defaced passports after the
two companies were forced out suggests possible involvement of elements
inside the high commission in the scam.
The issue is
believed to have been discussed during the visit of United Kingdom
Border Agency chief Lin Homer's visit to Islamabad earlier this week.
Homer, whose agency manages Britain's visa operations, apart from
discussions with Interior Minister Rehman Malik and senior FIA
officials held a number of internal meetings at the BHC, some of which
were attended by the staff of Gerrys the subcontractor for VFS.
topics discussed during the meetings pertained to visa application
procedures, transfer of passports to Abu Dhabi hub and verification of
passports by FIA.
A large number of passports, possibly
running into thousands according to Pakistani investigators, had been
lost by the BHC or were defaced during processing of visa applications
last year. The findings of the investigations instituted by the high
commission have neither been shared with the Pakistani officials nor
has there been a public statement on their outcome.
people nervous about consequences of loss of their documents including
identity theft, keenly wait to know what happened to their passports,
BHC merely states: "We have fully investigated the lost passports and
implemented new safeguards to provide additional protection against
further losses." The high commission officially admits to have lost 150
passports. Additionally, several visa stickers of Western countries
were also stolen from the passports of visa seekers.
Pakistan based management of VFS – an Indian origin company, which is
Britain's one of the global partners for visa services, had resigned
The company which didn't have any authorisation to work here, senior Pakistani officials insist, operated illegally.
BHC spokesman said: "VFS is UKBA's contracted commercial partner in
Pakistan and in many countries across the world. VFS subcontracts its
operations in Pakistan to Gerrys to provide visa application facilities
in Pakistan. We encourage our commercial partners to look for value for
money with all of their subcontractors and one area that was recently
reviewed was the arrangements in place for couriering documents
pertaining to visa applications."
The spokesman defended VFS working in Pakistan, saying it functioned within the ambit of law.
is no question of any company sanctioned by BHC operating unlawfully."
However, he admitted that VFS had to subcontract its operations to
Gerrys – a local company – to comply with the local regulations.
in Gerrys, which has also fired number of its employees for whistle
blowing, confirmed that change in courier service and forced quitting
of VFS managers was related to the affair.
Subsequent to these
changes, a source disclosed, another case of a passport book with a
torn page was reported. "One of the visa seekers after getting back his
passport reported that a page had been removed," the source said adding
the incident shocked many who believed that the changes would stem the
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Pak doctors to get training in British hospitals
Rawalpindi: College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) and the
Royal College of Physicians, London have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) that will enable Pakistani doctors to get training
in the institutions of England.
Controller Examination (CPSP) Prof
Muhammad Shoaib Shafi informed this here on Sunday while presiding over
a meeting of the postgraduate trainees. Giving details of the MoU, he
informed that fellows of the CPSP would visit the Royal College of
Physicians in order to get advanced training for a special period.
to the MoU, the experts of both the countries would exchange views on
medical education, standardised examination system and modern medical
research via video-conferencing.
The senior professors of both the
institutions would participate as examiners in the examinations. The
Pakistani delegation consisted of Prof Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry,
President CPSP, and Prof Muhammad Shoaib Shafi whereas the delegation
of Royal College of Physicians consisted of Prof Ian Gilmor, President
RCP, London, Dr NJ Beeching and Prof John Mc-Dermote.
Shafi further informed that the purpose of this partnership was to
facilitate placement of doctors from Pakistan in appropriate UK
clinical training opportunities for up to 24 months period. This would
help to strengthen examiner training for the CPSP.
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Education Exhibition concludes
A two-day Pakistan International Education Exhibition concluded at a
local hotel here on Sunday. The national and international educational
institutions from various countries including Pakistan, UK, Australia,
Malaysia, North Cyprus, Ireland and New Zealand had set up their stalls
displaying literature on the programmes and courses they offered.
of these institutions were present there to answer queries from
participants at the exhibition. The officials constantly answered one
question after another; guided the students in filling out the
application forms and distributed information about studying abroad.
World Learning Bureau had organised the exhibition. The visitors
appreciated their efforts and said that such events created a greater
awareness among students and parents. Director of World Learning Bureau
Rashid ul Haque told that the event was successful this year throughout
Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi) because of greater public
awareness through past exhibitions. The nation
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NUML contractual faculty members form association
Islamabad: The contractual faculty members of the National
University of Modern Languages (NUML), comprising retired military and
civilian government officers, have formed the Contract Faculty
The office-bearers of CFA are Bashir Ahmed
Khilji (president), Brigadier (r) Allah Bakhsh (general secretary),
Brigadier (r) Wasiq (joint secretary), Brigadier (r) Saulat (press
secretary) and Qazi Iqbal (finance secretary).
According to a
source, the association has 8 army officers (retired brigadiers or
colonels) and 10 bureaucrats. All members are above 60 and HEC-run
universities do not recognise any association formed by superannuated
The association was apparently formed to safeguard the
interests of contractual faculty in view of growing pressure on the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) and president of Pakistan to
implement the NUML Charter in letter and spirit. The demand emerged
after Brigadier (r) Obaid Ranjha thrashed a NUML teacher.
to a reliable source, retired or above-60 teachers can be visiting
faculty or they can be employed for one or two years. The NUML
perspective and official website adds the acronym professor before
their names though the posts were never advertised and they do not meet
the HEC criteria of qualification, publication and experience
prescribed for a professor.
The protest by students, faculty and
strong reaction shown by other public sector universities, including
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations,
led to the forced resignation of Brigadier (r) Ranjha.
the resignation of the brigadier, the Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has demanded his
dismissal, registration of an FIR against him and awarding exemplary
punishment to him.
Meanwhile, after the FAPUASA demanded removal
of Brigadier (r) Aziz Khan and after a letter from the lawyer of
Professor Tahir Malik, whom only board of governors could issue a
show-cause notice being the competent authority, was informed by the
authorities in the university that the notice was withdrawn and a
letter in this respect will be issued on Monday.
FAPUASA President Dr. Mahr Saeed Akhtar has demanded that the
post of rector at NUML should be filled after placing an advertisement
and selection should be made through vice chancellors search committee
working under the HEC.
The employees and teachers associations of the university refused to recognise the CFA.
to this correspondent, Yasir Arafat, general secretary of the NUML
Academic Staff Association, said that CFA is illegal according to the
FAPUASA byelaws. He maintained that the appointment of some CFA members
was challenged in the Audit Report. He said that according to NUML
statutes, the superannuated could not hold administrative posts,
including academic ones, like heads of departments and deans. The news
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