Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training (MoFEPT) organized Federal-Provincial Cooperation in Education Workshop in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary – Additional Secretary MoFEPT, Abdul Rauf Baloch – Secretary Secondary Education Department (SED) Balochistan, Asfandyar Khattak – Special Secretary Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE) Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Raja Zafar Iqbal – Senior Chief Planning & Development Elementary & Secondary Education Department (ESED) AJK, Junaid Samo – Reform Support Unit School Education & Literacy Department (SELD) Sindh, Dr Saima Malik – Deputy Director Education Punjab (SED) and Sajad Khan – Deputy Secretary Education (DOE) Gilgit Baltistan along with senior officials of MoFEPT and all provinces attended the Workshop.

Additional Secretary, Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary welcomed the participants and said that the Workshop was going to play an instrumental role in developing strong Federal-Provincial coordination.

He added that this cooperation will lead to accomplishment of projects’ (Response, Recovery and Resilience in Education Projects-RRREP, Action to Strengthen Performance for Inclusive and Responsive Education-ASPIRE & Pandemic Response Effectiveness Project-PREP) objectives. He also emphasized upon the need to have more of such interactive Workshops so that Federal Ministry is able to incorporate the requirements of provinces while designing its projects’ interventions. He further shed light on significant steps of the Ministry to facilitate the most marginalized communities in the country through modern and contemporary practices. He also added that these initiatives will provide students of every stratum, access to additional and useful learning methods which make education expedient.

Technical sessions of the workshop started with the knowledge sharing by the provinces which involved lessons learnt during the ASPIRE project implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes comprising procedures, evidences and dashboards and challenges being faced in the execution. Subsequently, Ministry’s officials shared the fiduciary requirements for the World bank projects involving disbursements processes, provincial allocations and role of federal and provincial government in this regard. Detailed overview of Draft National Distance Education Strategy was also given which was followed by roundtable discussion on provincial education challenges and distance education priorities.

Moreover, consultation on the Teachers’ Training Program was carried out by making working groups which involved making draft implementation plans with budget and activities. Also, key findings and insights from the studies carried out with regards to Tele school and Radio school evaluation, design of assessment framework and competency standards for distance learning and gender study were shared with the participants. At the end, the much-needed flood-response interventions were also discussed for ensuring equal access to education throughout the country.

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