Evidence regarding Pakistan’s education opportunities comes from none other than David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Following a recent visit to Pakistan, he laid the foundations for the initiation of this programme by highlighting the importance of education and Great Britain’s deep commitment, the Department of International Development (DFID), to support education sector reform and the promotion of a quality education for all school age children.
The size of DFID’s Education Programme in Pakistan is 800 Million Pounds, the single largest intervention in education ever made by the Department in the developing world.
At the same time, following the Malala Yousufzai incident and more recently the APS terror attack, the international and national media has created a critical mass of awareness regarding the need for enabling and safe environments for school going children.
“Education is the best antidote to terror.”
In harmony with the World Education Forum 2015 for Equitable and Inclusive Education and lifelong Learning for all by 2030, call for free compulsory education is gaining fraction across the world.
(£800m for education UK)
In response to the 2015 Oslo Summit’s reaffirmation of its commitment to education, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged to double the allocation for education (from 2.5% to 5% of GDP) over the next three years.
While national consensus remains elusive on many issues, the cause of education has emerged as a priority for all the political stakeholders. This commitment is reflected in the National Media, which has also taken up the cause of education and devoted funds, time and space for various public service campaigns to create awareness for the importance of education.
"I strongly believe that education of youth is the only way forward for socio-economic progress of our future generations and that eradicating illiteracy is essential for promotion of peace, tolerance and harmony in any society"