ISLAMABAD: On the International Day of Education celebrated on 24th Jan 2023, President Arif Alvi asserted the importance of education and said, that it is an important element of “human development and a fundamental right of the individual”.
Alvi while formulating his message on the annual day celebrated worldwide says, that education has a connection with the economy and social development. Moreover, he added, that no country can achieve economic growth if meaningful investments are not made in human resources.
Education is a powerful driver of success and the most effective tool to reduce poverty, he added.
The president also emphasized how education leads to employment, and improvement in the health sector, and becomes a source of poverty reduction.
Furthermore, Alvi said, that the nation’s leader, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah used to give much importance to the education system over any other national interest.
The state president further added, that the first National Education Conference, was aimed that the education system will work in accordance with the national aspirations of Pakistan and will be truly related to the needs of the Pakistani people. In addition, the younger generation of today seems uncertain about their future.
He also acknowledged and said, that a great number of people are leaving Pakistan for a bright and prosperous future. Therefore, he emphasized that youth need to be provided with valuable education and equal opportunities to excel in their careers.
Conclusively, he said, that children from out-of-school enrollment should be given importance. Pakistan is committed to increasing literacy rates by providing access to schools for all children. Alvi added his last remarks by saying, “we pledge that with advanced technology, we will give youth a respectable employment. Will also improve the education system”.
Literacy Rate in Pakistan
The data available with the Ministry of Federal Education Pakistan revealed that 60 million people in Pakistan are illiterate. Making the current literacy stands at 62.3 percent. In another data by the World Bank data, the literacy rate in 2021 was estimated to be 58.7%. This data is based on the population aged 15 and above who can read and write.
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