PR No.07 Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal Formally Launches National Enrollment Drive Islamabad: April 1, 2016

Federal Minister For Planning, Development & Reform Ashan Iqbal formally launched month-long National Primary Enrollment Campaign “Chalo School” today. Federal Minister launched the campaign at a government school in District Narowal with the slogan; Lets pledge, “No child out of school”.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal stated “Children aged between five to nine years will be enrolled under this campaign. He said that all provincial governments would take special steps to enroll children in schools during the month of April. Federal government will coordinate with all the provinces to make this campaign a success for an educated Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal said that new age is age of knowledge, education and research and are key for economic development in today’s world. He said that Pakistan’s problems stem from policies of the past when education was not given the top priority. However, present government is giving top priority to education, which is reflected from the increased budget for higher education.

He said that every child has to be educated to make Pakistan sovereign and developed in real terms. He pointed out that those nations are conspiring against themselves, which have plunged in ignorance and illiteracy. “Education is key to eliminate the social inequalities in the society,” he felt.

Minister said that unfortunately, Pakistan is among the countries having highest number of Out of School Children (OOSC). This National Primary Enrollment Campaign would help to reduce drastically number of OOSC.

Ahsan Iqbal said that government is striving to build up knowledge economy under its Vision-2025 and this primary enrollment drive is part of Vision-2025. He said every child is also required to be enrolled to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. However, apart international obligation, enrollment of OOSC is also needed for our own sake as part of our national development agenda.