Nawaz stresses promotion of quality education

* PM says science, technology education can help eradicate economic ills
Nawaz stresses promotion of quality education

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said education in the fields of science and technology can play an important role in eradicating the economic ills while ensuring socio-economic development of a nation.
He was addressing a ceremony to mark the launch of new initiative, the Centre for Education Research and Social Development, by Sultana Foundation. The Foundation, which is a trust, financed by voluntary donations from within and outside Pakistan is providing education to around 8,000 students, besides undertaking welfare projects. The new Centre will focus on teachers’ development, early pre-school age development and primary education development in Pakistan.
The event was attended by Prince Sultan Bin Salman, Captain Shujaat Azim Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation Dr Naeem Ghani, Sultana Foundation Chairman Admiral Mohammad Sharif, trust members of Sultana Foundation, teachers and students. The prime minister said that education was the key to a nation’s success, and the more the people of a country were educated; the higher will be the standard of its development, as economic boom always follows educational revolution.
He said education, particularly in the fields of science and technology, can play an important role in eradicating the economic ills and ensure socio-economic development of a nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said as a country on path of development, Pakistan needs skilled, highly educated and motivated youth to compete in the present global environment. “Though the present government is keen to develop educational facilities for our youth, yet governmental efforts alone are not enough to meet the ever growing requirement.”
The prime minister, therefore, urged the philanthropic institutions, the people and the private sector to devote their efforts and resources to the noble cause of imparting quality education to young generation in line with modern trends. He said Pakistan was blessed with a vast treasure of talented youth who need to be properly trained and guided. However, he stressed that there was an urgent need to provide them with opportunities so that their capabilities were usefully employed for the nation’s socio-economic betterment. 
Nawaz said the Youth Business Loan Scheme was one such step which the present government has taken to allow the youth to use their skills and make them self-reliant. He said social work was a service to humanity. “After the worship of Allah, no task is nobler than service to humanity.” He said the teachings of Islam were based on two basic principles, worship of Allah (Huqooq-ul-Allah) and service of men (Huqooq-ul-Ibad). “Without putting both of these principles into practice, there can be no true fulfilment of one’s religious duties,” he added.
Quoting a Hadith, Nawaz said, “You should be merciful to people on earth and Allah Almighty will be merciful to you”, and added it was the way in which Islam links personal salvation to serving humanity. The prime minister said every Pakistani has a special place in the hearts for the people and the government of Saudi Arabia and keeps them in high esteem. He said the Centre will work as a vehicle for transferring the retired people’s intellectual, academic and professional knowledge and experiences to the younger generation.

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