MPA Shamim Mumtaz lauds educational services of LRF, Save the Children

By: Adeel Alvi
KARACHI :Among the 2,300 girls receiving education through non-formal education in Accelerated Learning Centres of the Legal Rights Forum in collaboration with Save the Children, certificates were distributed by the member provincial assembly Ms Shamim Mumtaz these girls belong to backward areas of Shikarpur. The MPA said that everyone should play their role for education of children, especially of girls.
Legal Rights Forum (LRF) organized the Workshop to disseminate project learnings of their recently concluded project on Accelerated Learning for Girls (ALG) in Shikarpur District of Sindh Province. Save the Children and School Education & Literacy Department (SE&LD) also collaborated with LRF.
Member provincial assembly Ms Shamim Mumtaz and chairperson of SCPA and Additional secretary academic SE&LD Ms Dr Fozia Khan were the special guest in the ceremony.

In her Opening Remarks, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Additional Secretary, SE&LD said Government of Sindh is committed to promote formal as well as non-formal education (NFE) in Sindh. She appreciated LRF and Save the Children using the Accelerated learning programme (ALP) approach that can help Sindh address the out of school children (OOSC) in less cost and less time. According to her there are several new initiatives in NFE in Sindh and over 33 development sector organizations are operating in NFE sector in Sindh, which is a big strength and symbolizes strong Public Private Partnership.

Speaking on the occasion, Malik Tahir Iqbal, CEO, LRF, said that LRF through the ALG project with the support of Save the Children, has provided education to 2300 girls from diverse demographic, moral and religious minorities, backward semi-urban and rural areas of Shikarpur. According to him, these girls were enrolled in 70 Accelerated Learning Centers in 4 union councils of 2 tehsils of Shikarpur district under the supervision of 90 experienced female teachers. He concluded that, “we are committed to providing quality education, especially to girls and women living in backward areas, in Sindh”.

Director Programs, Save the Children Mr. Ghulam Farooq said presented the Concluding Remarks and shared the context and approach of ALG project and details of processes involved. He praised LRF on their professional approach to completing the project and commitment for child protection and education. He said that they are committed to pay special attention to the education of girls. He urged the audience to come forward and play their best part so that deprived segments of Sindh can be a better and more educated people.
Chairperson Sindh Child Protection Authority Ms. Shamim Mumtaz presented keynote speeches loaded with practical recommendations to promote education in Sindh.
A panel discussion was held on promotion of NFE in Sindh in which Dr Shagufta Bibi, Deputy Director / Mr. Manzoor Ahmed Uqaili, Deputy Director, L&NFE Directorate, SE&LD; Mr. Ghulam Asghar Memon, Director, Directorate of Curriculum, Assessment, & Research (DCAR); Mr. Farman Khan, Program Manager-Education, Save the Children International (SCI), Mr. Chiho Ohashi, Chief Advisor (JICA) Mr. Lal Kumar, Sindh education Foundation (SEF),Mr. Tauseef Ahmed, Director, PPP Node, SE&LD; and Mr. Abdul Qadeer Ansari, Additional Secretary, Planning Development and Finance, SE&LD brainstormed on the issue.
At the ceremony, the girls presented excellent performances by presenting speeches, theatre play and Tableaus and got appreciation from the audience. At the closing ceremony, certificates were distributed among the successful learners of ALCs who passed their exams and are now eligible to pursue their formal education in government schools. Shields were distributed among the Learning Facilitators and ALG project team members as a token of appreciation for their best role in delivering the project milestones. Shields were also distributed among selected government officers as a token of appreciation for their best role in promoting non-formal education in Sindh.
Ayaz Soomro, Zahid Bhanbhro, Mehwish Hina, Prem Sagar, Manzoor Ahmad, Sana Ahmed, Shabana Khatti, Ghulam Qadir Mastoi, Nighat Sultana and a large number of educationists were also present on the occasion.

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