Karachi, September 10, 2017 (PPI-OT): 30 million children are out of school in Pakistan which depicts the dismal state of education and literacy rate in the country. Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world and according to the UNESCO report, literacy rate of Pakistan is merely 55 percent and Pakistan stands at 160th in total countries of the world in literacy rates. The government needs to declare education emergency and take serious measures to promote literacy and education in every nook and corner of the country.
Everyone including the government, civil society, educational institutions, academia and students must play their role in this regard because it’s our collective responsibility. Government must fulfill the popular demand from the academia for raising the budget allocated to the education sector. These views were expressed by Professor Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Vice Chancellor Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education (DIHE) at a seminar on community Services on the eve of World Literacy Day at DIHE main campus.
“Academia must come forward and devise a joint strategy for the eradication of illiteracy in the country, it’s not just the responsibility of the government but the privileged educated class must also take up this responsibility”, she added. On the occasion, MoUs were also signed with different community service organizations/NGO’s according to which DIHE students will have to serve in any of these organizations for their one credit hour course of community services.
“For the promotion of community services and inculcation of its culture among our students, DIHE board of Governors has introduced a one credit hour compulsory course of Community Services in its curriculum for its students. Collaboration between academia and industries always has a significant role and it must be vitalized in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for the prosperity and wellbeing of our society. Students are the agents of change, they must come up and take their responsibility for the societal uplift”, said Dr. Shahana Kazmi.
On the occasion, Chairman Board of Governors DIHE Abdullah Dadabhoy, member BOG Majyd Aziz Memon and CEO Hope Welfare Trust Dr. Mubeena Agboatwalla also spoke, appreciating the efforts of Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi for these community services endeavours’, they called for joint efforts to raise literacy especially of technology in the society which is the dire need of the day.
“Pakistani people are the best in the world and globally recognized for community services, we have produced legends like Abdul Sattar Edhi, Adeeb Rizwi and others. People of the country are so much committed towards the cause of humanity and community services. It’s the duty of all of us to promote and highlight this positive image of Pakistan to the world”, Abdullah Dadabhoy added.
The organizations and NGO’s which signed the MoUs include The Citizens Foundation, Jafaria Disaster Cell, Help International Welfare Trust, Future Helping Hands, World Wildlife Fund Pakistan, Omair Sana Foundation, Kashif Iqbal Thalassemia Centre, Indus Hospital Blood Centre, Saylani Welfare Trust, Darul Sakun, Awareness Voluntarily Organization, Subhe Nau and Dr. Essa Laboratories. All the organizations lauded the decision of DIHE Board of Governors to introduce the community service course in DIHE curriculum and assured their full support for its implementation.
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