ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi has worked out a roadmap to provide free education to thousands of out-of-school children to help the government achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to education by next year.
Addressing the concluding session of a 10-day capacity-building workshop for teachers to educate thousands of dropout female students, Bureau for University Extension and Special Programmes (BUESP) Director Muhammad Qasim Haider said a sustainable system had been evolved to bring around one million such children in the education net within the next three years.
The workshop, in which around 30 master trainers participated, was arranged under the Girl Power Programme for the students of middle and secondary levels.
The AIOU arranged the programme in collaboration with Plan International (Pakistan), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Mountain Institute for Educational Development (MIED).
The concluding ceremony was arranged by the Bureau for University Extension and Special Programmes/Projects (BUESP).
Plan International (Pakistan) Country Manager Imram Yusuf Shami was the chief guest on the occasion.
The ceremony was also addressed by NRSP Programme Manager Arafat Majeed, MIED Focal Person Sarfraz Malik, BUESP Director Muhammad Qasim Haider and Training Coordinator Rukhsana Durrani.
The training workshop was specially arranged for the master trainers from Vehari and Chakwal districts who on completion of their training process will impart education to other teachers of the two districts to education dropout students. It was the second workshop of its nature.
Altogether, seven sessions of ‘fast-track learning’ programme were to be arranged. The main objectives of the workshop were to familiarise the master trainers with professional teaching skills, equipping them with new technology, who will transform their knowledge to other teachers in the region.
During the workshop, the master trainers were given lectures by eminent resource persons of the AIOU on educational skills. They were also taught how to do efficient lesson-planning and activity-based learning.
Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Muhammad Qasim Haider said that the training programme had been arranged for providing basic education to hundreds of dropout students and those living in the far flung areas who could not get education due to lack of necessary sources and educational facilities.
He said that the programme had been the main vehicle for serving the end users.
He said that various programmes had been launched to make educational facilities available to the students of the remote regions at their doorsteps.
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