PR No. 21 Govt committed to promote education: Federal Minister Baligh Ur Rehman Islamabad: September 7, 2017

 Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman attended as Chief Guest ceremony of agreement signing between UNESCO and the government of Italy to implement a two-year project titled “Support to girls right to education and safeguarding cultural heritage through education in Pakistan”.

          Addressing the ceremony, the federal minister said that Girls Right to Education Program was joint initiative of government of Pakistan and UNESCO which is aimed at to promote girls access and retention to education.

          He said that the government of Pakistan is committed to promote education in the country and improve standard of education including girls primary education, adding that we have phenomenally increased funding for education sector. 

          Balig Ur Rehman said that this program is not only targeting girls education but also covering cultural aspects in districts Bahawalpur and Swat.

          He said that our net enrolment has increased and the government is committed to end gender gap regarding enrolment between girls and boys in Pakistan.

          The Federal Minister said that UNESCO is doing great job and this program would yield good results.

          Later the agreement of approximately USD 1.7 million was signed by Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo , Ms. Santa Mole, Head of Italian Cooperation and Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative. 

          The project has two components: the first one on Education which aims to support the efforts of Government of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in increasing access, retention and improving the quality of girls education. Districts Bahawalpur and Swat are the focus districts.

          The second component of the project is aimed at supporting the efforts of the government of Pakistan in protection of cultural heritage.