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Pakistan is in a state of Educational Emergency

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Pakistan is in a state of Educational Emergency
ICESCO High-Level Ministerial Dialogue in London
Sindh alone has currently 4.1 million out-of-school children; catastrophic floods partially or fully affected 19,000 schools, severely impacting student enrollment and retention rates.

Sindh Minister Sardar Shah highlights issues at High-level Ministerial Dialogue organized by the Islamic Countries Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in London

By Rehan Khan Khushik

London/Karachi

Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Provincial Minister for Education Sindh, Pakistan, has emphasized the critical need for the consolidation of data from all Islamic countries to effectively address country-specific issues.

“Without comprehensive data, efforts to improve education systems will not be fully effective,” he said speaking at the High-level Ministerial Dialogue organized by the Islamic Countries Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in London, following the Education World Forum.

The dialogue was a precursor to the upcoming ‘Transforming Education: Pathways to ICESCO Education Minister Conference’ scheduled for October in Muscat.

ICESCO High-Level Ministerial Dialogue in London -1During his address, Minister underscored the urgent educational challenges facing Pakistan, particularly the Sindh province, which currently has 4.1 million out-of-school children. He said that Pakistan is in an educational emergency, exacerbated by catastrophic floods that have partially or fully affected 19,000 schools, severely impacting student enrollment and retention rates.

In addition to highlighting these challenges, Sardar Shah, who also held the Education portfolio previously, called for the introduction of educational exchange programs among ICESCO member countries to foster experiential learning and collaboration.

ICESCO High-Level Ministerial Dialogue in London -2Sardar Shah also expressed his deepest grief over the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people, reiterating Pakistan’s solidarity with them.

The dialogue saw the participation of 120 ministers from 114 countries, all gathered to discuss and develop strategies for improving education systems worldwide.

The Education World Forum 2024, where this dialogue took place, centered on the theme: “Encouraging AI understanding, building human relationships and resilience, and accelerating climate action. How should we prioritize policy and implementation for Stronger, Bolder, Better, and Education?”

Read: Educational Standards of Sindh

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