DUNYA NEWS, UNITED NATIONS, 26th SEPTEMBER 2013:- Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said his government considers promotion of education at all levels imperative for realizing socio-economic development of Pakistan.
He was speaking to UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, who called on the prime minister on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. Brown was accompanied by Malala Yosufzei, the Pakistani education activist.
Nawaz Sharif said his vision is to build an education system that promotes knowledge economy, creativity, critical thinking and innovation.
Pakistan appreciates and welcomes international cooperation including the support of initiatives like Global Education First.
The prime minister thanked Gordon Brown for his continued support to the government’s efforts to promote education in Pakistan. He said education was a high national priority. His government was committed to achieving all Millennium Development Goals including the goal of universal primary education.
Prime Minister Sharif also attended a meeting on “Education for All” hosted by Gordon Brown with heads of UN agencies including UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, as well as bilateral and multilateral entities such as USAID, AUSAID, DFID, World Bank, European Commission, and NGOs engaged in promotion of education.
Gordon Brown committed his continued support to the government efforts to promote education in Pakistan. He said international community had expressed readiness to work with the new government to ensure provision of education for all in Pakistan.
The participants, including UN agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations, presented their proposals and suggestions to facilitate the government’s effort in the field of education. The discussions would be followed up in another meeting in Pakistan later this year.