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GCU & FJWU bookfair | Fata community schools

8,000 books sold at GCU fair
Lahore, Jan 08: The three-day book fair, organised by the Government College University (GCU) Library Society, concluded on the varsity campus on Friday. According to a Library Society's survey, students purchased over 8,000 books out of their meager pocket money from the book fair which displayed more than 80,000 books on various subjects. Addressing the closing ceremony, noted journalist and Old Ravian Khalid Ahmed said that reading and writing was a Muslim tradition. He said "read" is the first Quranic commandment of Allah for the Muslims. Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said the UNESCO monitored both the number and type of books published per country per year as an important index of the standard of living and education, and of a country's self-awareness.

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Bookfair ends at FJWU
Islamabad: The Annual Bookfair 2011 concluded at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here on Friday. FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan inaugurated the bookfair on January 4. She said that such activities always play a positive role in grooming of students. Fifteen registered booksellers from Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the bookfair. All books and stalls were arranged according to the requirements and needs of students.

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FJWU student gets Intel award
Rawalpindi: Tayaba Arif, a student of the Department of Communication and Media Studies of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), has won the Intel Award for the Most Innovative Use of Computer Technology 2009-10 from Government College for Elementary Teachers, Islamabad, in the Essentials Course (pre-service) Student Category. The award has been conferred upon her by the Intel Teach Programme organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Islamabad.

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PEF and NSP Agreement
Lahore: The agreement signing ceremony of new partner schools under the 3rd phase of the New School Programme (NSP) of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will be held on Saturday (today) at the PILAC Auditorium, Qaddafi Stadium.

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Govt asked to revive Fata community schools
Peshawar: Various political parties and notables from the tribal belt have announced full support to teachers of the community schools and promised to strive at every forum for revival of these institutions in the tribal areas.

The assurance was extended at a press conference of the sacked teachers of the Fata community schools. Apart from a large number of schoolteachers, the press conference was attended by MNA Mohammad Shah Afridi, MNA Malik Waris Khan Afridi, leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Iqbal Afridi, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Said Khan Mohmand, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam's Said Kabeer, All Teachers Association Fata Vice President Nawab Afridi, General Secretary Haji Mushtaq and others.

Mohammad Shah Afridi assured support to the teachers and said if the governor and other high-ups lifted curfew in the tribal areas and ensured proper environment, he would ensure full attendance in schools. He said the government claim that the schools were being closed down for lack of attendance was baseless. He said it was because of the lack of education that the tribal people were lagging behind. He stressed that more education facilities should be provided to the tribal people instead of depriving them of the existing services.

Nawab Afridi said 956 community schools, including 401 for boys and 555 for girls, were established in 2003. "Around 2,000 teachers were appointed in the schools purely on merit. The schools functioned well for 10 years despite the difficult situation in the remotest tribal areas. But the Fata Secretariat all of a sudden decided to wind up the community schools programme," he explained.

Afridi said this was injustice not only with the thousands of teachers serving in the schools but also with the tribal children.

He said they would continue their protest if the decision was not taken withdrawn. He said they would stage protest in Islamabad on January 11. He said they would also observe hunger strike and move the court to seek justice. The news

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