Pakistan education task force setup
PM approved setting up of Education Task Force
Islamabad, Dec 16: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has approved the setting
up of Pakistan Education Task Force on the recommendation of the Education
According to a notification issued here Tuesday by the
Education Ministry, Shahnaz Wazir Ali and Sir Michael Barber are the co-chairs
of the Task Force.
Other members include the Education Ministry
secretary, Saba Gul of Planning Commission, Finance Ministry representative,
NCHD chairman, secretaries of schools of Balochistan, NWFP, Punjab and Sindh,
education secretary of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, director (education) of FATA,
Dr Muhammad Memon of IED Karachi, former Punjab finance minister Shahid Kardar,
Dr Fareeha Zafar of Society for Advancement of Education, Lahore, Mehnaz Aziz of
Children Global Network, Islamabad, Member Board of Directors Citizen's
Foundation Ahsan Saleem, representative of Religious Education, and two
international experts, each nominated by USAID and DFID, UK.
objective of the task force will be to increase the capacity of the federal and
provincial governments to implement the education reforms set out in the
National Education Policy.
The task force will support the federal and
provincial ministries, and prioritise and identify clear goals for improving the
school system. The task force will also set targets for improvement and cascade
them out through the system.
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Ministry to announce results in two months
Islamabad: Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) plans to announce the results
of the second National Youth Essay Writing Competition in two months.
ministry official said that the competition, announced on November 8,
received good response from the youth. "The ministry is in the initial stages of
registering the received entries after which the evaluation process will start,"
he said. The last date for the submission of essays was December 5.
year, the essay topics were divided into two categories, based on the age of the
participants. Category I was for the age group of 15-21 years, whereas Category
II was for those above 22 years but less than 29 years.
Topics for the
first category included 'Socio-cultural Factors for Solidarity of Pakistan',
'Education Reforms and Employment', 'Role of Youth in Nation Building' and
'Volunteerism for Social Change.' The second category had more specialised
topics such as 'Clash of Civilisations: Myth or Reality', 'Global Warming and
its Impact on Pakistan', 'Public Private Partnership for Quality Public Service
Delivery' and 'Impact of Economic Growth on Poverty Reduction with Special
reference to Pakistan'.
The ministry has also increased the prize money
for the winners this year that now amounts to Rs50,000 from Rs20,000 of last
year for the first position holder, Rs30,000 for the runner up and Rs20,000 for
the third position holder.
"We are in the process of assessing the
eligibility of the received essays," the official said adding that these essays
would be sent to subject experts for assessment.
Talking about the
criteria on which the essays would be judged, he said the writing should reflect
analytical thinking and critical insight of the participant. "The judges will
also look into how well-structured, focused and coherent the arguments are," he
pointed out. The aspiring candidates were asked not to accede the limit of 2,000
In addition to providing them an opportunity to express
themselves, he said the activity is aimed at knowing the perception of the young
generation about the challenges faced by the country. "It will also help in
inculcating the youth's opinion in future policymaking."
Last year, the
competition was announced in June. The rational behind organising the event in
summer vacations was to involve the youth in constructive activities in their
There were only four topics including 'Causes of Unemployment in
Rural Areas', 'Role of Youth in Promotion of Civil Spirit and Courtesies', 'Plan
of Action to Curb the Use of Tobacco in Youth' and 'Causes of Youth Crime and
Remedies'. According to ministry sources, the activity proved to be a success
last time, as they received 634 essays, majority of them from rural areas.
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Intel Education Awards for schools and teachers
Islamabad: In order to recognise schools and teachers using technology to
enhance learning, Intel Pakistan hosted 'Intel Education Awards' in
collaboration with Intel Education Initiative and Ministry of Education,
attended by Additional Secretary Education Muhammad Juman J Jamro.
awards are held annually in the country in conjunction with the implementation
of the Intel Teach Programme, which provides professional development and
guidance to teachers on how to use technology to enhance student learning in the
To date, the programme has trained 220,000 teachers in
Pakistan, reaching out to over 60 cities and districts.
In addition to
the teachers' training, the Intel Teach Programme also hosts forums and
workshops to enhance the use of ICT in the learning environment, and so far, it
has reached more than 28,000 teachers and principals.
award-winning principals included Rehana Shabbir of FG College for Women G-10/4,
Khadija Javed of FG Margalla College for Women F-7/4, Farzana Yousaf of
Government High School Gulbahar, Peshawar, Naheed Begum of Government Higher
Secondary School Lady Griffith, Peshawar, and Bilqees Ismail of Government Girls
Middle School, Peshawar.
The 'Teacher of the Year' shield was given to
Nargis Gul Yousafzai of FG Margalla College for Women F-7/4 and Kulsoom Bibi of
Beaconhouse School System, Wah Cantonment. While appreciation awards, given to
government officials associated with the task of improving the state of
education, included the names of former federal education minister Mir Hazar
Khan Bijarani and Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia.
Other officials included Qazi Muhammad Asad, Sardar Hussain Babak,
Imtiaz Qazi, Atta ur Rehman Lodhi, Muhammad Arifeen, Mohammad Akram Sohail,
Muhammad Juman J Jamro, Qaisar Alam, Nasreen Javed, Aurangzeb Rehman, Shaista
Pirzada, Prof Muhammad Rafique Tahir, Muhammad Ismail, Noor Amna Malik, Air
Commodore Waseem Mahdi, Major General M Tahir, Brig Muhammad Asif, John Raleigh,
Helen Kirby, Mrs Shama Saeed, Amina Sitwat, Faisal Mushtaq, Abida Sohail, Zahida
Powar, Anwar Ahmad Khawaja, Mohammad Zaman, and Salahuddin.
Teach Essential Awards were awarded to Durdana Shaheen and Arjumand Bano, Ayesha
Ahsan and Rubab Minhas.
"Teachers play a significant and valuable role in
our society and the Intel Education Awards are held with the recognition of this
role in mind," said Ashar H Zaidi, Country Manager Intel Pakistan. He said the
programme inspires the teachers to revisit their views on how ICT could be used
in education, and encourages them to use technology to enhance the learning of
"Schools and teachers, who take an innovative approach to
use technology, are equipping their students with the real-world skills. Intel
invests more than $100 million annually to promote education and technological
literacy across the globe, and we are pleased to be working closely with the
government to ensure that this training reaches the teachers across Pakistan,"
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Workshop commenced at AAUR
Rawalpindi: A three-day training workshop on 'Animal Disease Reporting
& Surveillance' commenced here Tuesday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) in collaboration with the Directorate of
Animal Disease Reporting & Surveillance, Livestock Department
The workshop has mainly been planned for the district livestock
officers (DLOs) of Punjab to further train them in the field of disease
surveillance, which is considered as a primary tool to develop strategy for the
prevention and control of important animal diseases. It is expected that after
this training, the DLOs would further improve their professional skills to
better perform their duties.
Dean Faculty of Forestry, Range &
Wildlife Management AAUR Prof Dr Sarwat Naz Mirza, in his address as the chief
guest on the workshop's inaugural session, congratulated the Punjab Livestock
& Dairy Development secretary as well as its director general for
establishing a new directorate of 'Animal Disease Reporting and Surveillance',
saying that this would help develop data for the prevalence of different animal
diseases and subsequently adopt measures for their effective control. He hoped
that the DLOs would play a central role in this whole exercise.
further said that the establishment of a Participatory Epidemiology Centre at
AAUR is in process and an MoU with the International Livestock Research
Institute, Kenya would be signed in near future. "It will further enhance our
capacity to impart trainings in different areas of animal and public health as
well as animal production," he added.
He appreciated the efforts of
Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, AAUR for organising such a
workshop, which he hoped would be fruitful for the participants.
Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Prof Dr Nemat Ullah in his welcome
address said for the development of an effective strategy to control important
animal infections, it is always desirable to generate sound knowledge about the
occurrence of the disease, adding that disease reporting and surveillance plays
a vital role in this regard. He informed that during the Rinderpest eradication
campaign, all stakeholders were convinced that if we are serious to control
animal diseases in the country, we should concentrate our efforts to improve the
disease reporting and surveillance systems in Pakistan.
Hussain of AAUR Veterinary Faculty, while elaborating the aims and objectives of
the workshop, said lectures would be delivered by eminent speakers on different
subjects in the training workshop and hoped that after attending this workshop,
all participants would be in a better position to execute their
During the first day, training was provided to the participants
in the area of epidemiology, particularly participatory approach, to better
understand the prevalence of a disease. Another important area covered related
to the ways that could develop a strategy for the control of important animal
diseases in the country. The news
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Schools rally against terrorism
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA),
Rawalpindi Region, on Tuesday took out a rally against the terrorist strikes in
APPSMA Rawalpindi Chapter President Abrar Ahmed Khan led the
rally, which started from Liaquat Bagh and culminated in front of Rawalpindi
Press Club. A large number of students and teachers of private schools attended
The participants of the rally were carrying banners inscribed
with slogans against the terrorist activities in the country and anti-state
The APPSMA office-bearers said the wrong decisions would also
produce wrong results and there was a dire need to eliminate the roots of
terrorism from the country.
They said the terrorists had no link to Islam
that preached love and peace in the world. Daily times
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Doctor remarkable achievements
Rawalpindi: Professor Dr Muhammad Umar, a Gastroenterologist has been appointed
as the Governor of American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) for Pakistan, in
recognition of his remarkable achievements.
It is for the first time,
since ACG's inception in 1932 that a position of ACG Governor for Pakistan has
been created, in recognition of Pakistan's accomplishment in this
ACG President Eamonn M. M. Quigley MD has acknowledged Professor
Umar's services and contributions for research, training and treatment of
hepatitis and termed him suitable and highly qualified physician for the
position of Governor of ACG for Pakistan.
Dr. Muhammad Umar is presently
serving as Professor of Medicines at Rawalpindi Medical College and Holy Family
Hospital. He has promoted academic as well as research activities, organised a
number of national and international events, besides representing Pakistan at
Dr. Umar has also written a number of academic and
research books on the treatment of hepatitis and drafted guidelines for Prime
Minister's Hepatitis Control Programme.
He has established a free liver
clinic at Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi and treated thousands of patients by
providing them free medicines. He has also established an academic research
centre in the name of Rawalians Research Forum (RRF).
The RRF has been
declared as a role model by Punjab government and with the personal efforts of
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Member National Assembly Muhammad
Hanif Abbasi and other elected representatives of the area efforts are being
made to establish the first Liver Diseases Transplant Centre of Punjab at Holy
Family Hospital. The news
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