Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) Rana Tanveer Hussain on Wednesday said that the Constitution of Pakistan is being included in the syllabus on an urgent basis to promote awareness among students about the importance of the Constitution and how it guarantees their fundamental rights and freedom.
He was addressing the concluding ceremony of IBCC National Inter-boards bilingual declamation competitions, held instead of the Golden Jubilee of the Constitution of Pakistan, at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad in which students from all over Pakistan participated.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Constitution of Pakistan, the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) organized the Inter-Board Bilingual Declamation Competition in three different phases i.e on the board level, province level, and the national level.
The theme for the competition was “My Constitution-Guarantee of My Freedoms,” which was held in both English and Urdu languages, and the participants presented their speeches with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Addressing the closing ceremony, the Minister said that “The Constitution of Pakistan 1973 guarantees fundamental rights to the citizens of Pakistan, including the right to life, liberty, and education. Minister said that Pakistan is among the top five countries with the highest figures for out-of-school children globally.
He added, as per the NCRC report, Pakistan has 22.8 million children between 5 and 16 years old – the world’s second highest number of out-of-school children”. He further said, “By June 2023, no child in Islamabad will be deprived of the basic right of education”. He advised the students to adopt a positive approach rather than only criticizing everything.
The IBCC Secretary, Prof Dr Ghulam Ali Mallah, appreciated the efforts of the students and expressed his gratitude to the Minister for his support in organizing the event. He highlighted the importance of such competitions in promoting the culture of public speaking and instilling a sense of responsibility among the youth towards their country.
Dr Mallah also expressed his gratitude to Prof Dr Nasir Mahmood, Vice-Chancellor AIOU, Dr Ikram Malik, DG FDE, and Ms Zia Batool, Chairperson PEIRA for their kind support in making this competition a memorable one.