NWFP children education recovery
Unicef to educate 9,500 NWFP children
Islamabad, Jan 10: UNICEF Pakistan has expressed its appreciation to the
government and the people of Denmark for their recent contribution of DKK 10
million (approximately Rs.160 million, US $6,985,000) to support early recovery
of education in Malakand Division.
The funds will be used to rebuild and
promote access to 60 primary and secondary schools in coordination with the
Pakistani government and local partners, said a news release issued here.
They will help ensure that 9,500 children, including 5,700 girls, have
access to schools with all essential facilities.
For the period 2010-2012
Denmark will grant additional DKK 50 million (approximately Rs 800 million, US
$34,925,000) to UNICEF's efforts to provide education for children affected by
the crisis in the North West Frontier Province as well as - when the situation
allows it - in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
"The Government and
people of Denmark and other donors have recognised the urgent need to limit the
effects of conflict on children and rebuild lives in Swat and other areas as
quickly as possible," says Luc Chauvin, the acting UNICEF Country Representative
"With their support and in partnership with the Government of
Pakistan and the NWFP, the children of Malakand Division will return to school
and a normal childhood all the more quickly."
Rebuilding is crucial in the
context of education in the region as a whole. In NWFP, only 22 per cent of
women and girls above 15 are literate while only 41 per cent of girls are
enrolled in primary school.
Ensuring a safe, protective and conducive
learning environment for the children returning to the areas of conflict is an
A tenth of all primary schools in Swat District alone
were damaged including a quarter of girls' primary schools. Thus when returns
began in July 2009, rebuilding education, getting children back to school, and
renewing parents' trust in the education system became a major priority for
UNICEF and its partners including the government.
"Thanks to the Danish
contribution, we can ensure that children can resume the education that was so
badly disrupted by conflict and displacement," says Mr Chauvin.
2008, with UNICEF support, nearly 28,000 displaced children were enrolled in
camp schools and 14,000 in host community schools. APP
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NAVTEC to start 23 technical courses for youth
Islamabad: National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) is starting new technical
courses, in collaboration with three leading institutes Construction Technology
Training Institute, National Institute of Electronics (M/O Science &
Technology) and Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital to train youth in 23
The courses to be commenced in collaboration with CTTI
included Building Construction, Steel Fixer, Turner Machinist, Carpenter,
Masson, Plumber, Building Painter, Basic Plant Operator, Basic Mechanic Thread,
AutoCad and Material Testing. These Courses will be Of 3-4 months duration and
start from February 1,2010, at CTTI.
Four NAVTEC courses for youth will
be conducted at Al-Shifa Trust Hospital, here, including Ophthalmic Technician,
Ophthalmic Nurses, Equipment Technician and Refractionist. These courses
duration 6-12 months already started from January 1, Eight technical &
vocational training courses of 6 months duration will be held at National
Institute of Electronics, Islamabad.
The courses are Telecommunication &
Networking, Programme Language,Database Management System, Business
Communication & MS Project, Web Designing & Development, Graphic
Designing, AutoCADs. The news
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5th convocation of RIU
Islamabad: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government is a proponent of education
and striving for country's progress through education, said Begum Shehnaz Wazir
Ali, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Sector.
addressing the 5th convocation of Riphah International University (RIU) at
Jinnah Convention Centre on Saturday.
She said the government was
committed to promote higher education in the country and taking different steps
to achieve this objective. She urged the youth to follow in the footsteps of
Jinnah and Iqbal and play their role in all major fields in and out of country
with strong moral values, tolerance, vision and faith.
Begum Ali said
institutions like RIU could make a significant contribution towards restoring
the true image of Islam and normalising relations with other civilisations.
She said only 4.7 percent of total population obtained university
degrees annually, while majority of them were not optimistic about their
Senator Prof Khurshid Ahmed said youths were the torchbearers of
the nation. "All you need is to develop a clear vision of what you want to
achieve and shift education from problem-based learning to value-based
learning," he said.
RIU Vice Chancellor Prof Anis Ahmed said the
country's education system was based on western materialistic, individualistic
and utilitarian ideas and it has failed to produce a holistic personality by
integrating ethical values and professional skills.
President Asif Ali
Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, in their separate messages,
appreciated RIU for spreading quality professional education.
ceremony: on this occasion the students who topped in different subjects were
awarded with gold medals. Around 450 degrees were conferred on the
Those who got Chancellor's Gold Medal included Abida Habib,
Amber Kiyani, Ali Mansoor, Ali Zahir, Urooj Zafar Alam, Muhammad Umair, Nosheen
Fazal, and Mehreen Zeb. Abida Habib, Amber Kiyani, Ali Mansoor, Ali Zahir, Urooj
Zafar Alam, Muhammad Umair, Lubna Shaheen, Mehreen Zeb, and Khalid Buland Khan
were awarded 'Zulfiqar Gold Medal'. Daily times
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Media-NGO interface workshop
Islamabad: The two-day 'Journalists-NGO Interface' workshop
being organised by the University of Miami and Indiana University of the USA in
collaboration with the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) started here on
The workshop is for journalists, journalism educators and
representatives of non-governmental organisations on strengthening media
professionalism and NGO-media interface in Pakistan for HIV/AIDS
The workshop is being conducted by AIOU's Department of Mass
Communication Chairman Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj. The trainers from the US include
Dr. Jyotika Ramaprasad. She is an associate professor at the College of
Communication, University of Miami, where she teaches integrated marketing
communication and research methods.
Dr. James Kelly is workshop project leader.
He is an associate professor at the School of Journalism, Indiana University,
Bloomington, where he teaches photojournalism, mass media and society and new
communication technology. Ileana Oroza, a lecturer in the School of
Communication at the University of Miami for the last 22 years. She was also on
the staff of 'The Miami Herald'.
The first session started with the
introduction and orientation of the participants, journalists, educators and NGO
representatives. It was followed by an informative lecture on the HIV/AIDS by
National Programme Manager of National AIDS Control Programme (NIH) Dr Hasan
Ileana Oroza gave a lecture on journalism theory and
explained the basics of journalism independence, fact checking, multiple
sourcing, responsibility and integrity.
Oroza, Kelly and Ramaprasad
expressed their views on story ideas and plans and interface between NGOs and
journalists. Reporting teams were briefed on how to develop and present their
The experts gave their views on news gathering, how to find out a
story and how to collect the story material in their surroundings. The news
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