Federal Minister for Education & Professional Training (MoFEPT) Rana Tanveer Hussain welcomed a delegation led by Christian Aedo and Keiko Inoue Practice Managers of the World Bank. The meeting was attended by Federal Secretary Ms. Naheed S. Durrani as well. Federal Minister Rana Tanveer welcomed the delegation and praised the work being done by World Bank in Pakistan. He said that critical projects are underway in collaboration with the World Bank that need to be expedited on an emergency basis.

Rana Tanveer said that the issue of Out of School Children is a top priority that needs urgent focus. He continued and said that the challenge of OOSC cannot be efficiently tackled unless we have accurate and relevant data. Rana Tanveer said that we need in-depth data on OOSC in order to design effective and efficient strategies. He emphasized the need to form a body that is able to gather data and convert it into actionable information.

Federal Minister said that distance learning should be embedded in the formal education system. He said that it is a welcome development of COVID-19. The minister said that it should not be treated as an alternate in the COVID era but rather as a permanent system to allow students to gain education. He said that it is a cost-effective way in comparison to the traditional system of schools and thus allows much greater reach. He gave the example of learning-based channels developed by Saudi Arabia. He said that a special team has been sent there to learn from the experience of KSA.

Christian Aedo acknowledged the role of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in the implementation of the on-going World Bank funded projects such as Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education (RRREP), Actions to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive and Responsive Education Program (ASPIRE), Pandemic Response Effectiveness Project for COVID-19 (PREP), and Data and Research in Education (DARE). He thanked the minister for his relentless support and said that the priorities of the World Bank and the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training align. He assured Rana Tanveer that the issues raised by him would be addressed as a priority.

Rana Tanveer also assured the delegation of full cooperation and support. He said that it is imperative to work together to ensure progress. The minister said we should leverage the global knowledge base and experience of the World Bank and use it to our advantage. Minister said that youth is the future of Pakistan and a successful youth means successful Pakistan hence all of their issues should be addressed on top priority.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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