KARACHI: In order to improve the literacy and quality of education in Pakistan, especially in the government schools, Rotary Pakistan Literacy Mission (RPLM) has come up with a comprehensive strategy with the theme ‘Happy School’, initially in which 1000 abandoned/ non-functional government schools in the country (100 in Karachi) will be adopted. To assist in materializing the above cause, a fund raiser live concert of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is scheduled to be held on 29 January 2017 at DHA Golf Club- Karachi. This information was revealed by Muhammad Faiz Kidwai Chairman RPLM at a press briefing on Thursday at a local club.
He elaborated their literacy program, T-E-A-C-H, i.e.T-Teacher Support & Development, E-Learning (especially for remote areas,where it is difficult for teacher to reach there and arranging lectures), A- Adult Literacy (For 10-12 years old children who have not yet been enrolled in schools), C-Child Development, and H-Happy Schools (Every government school should have good infrastructure, neat and clean environment like good private schools have to provide children good learning environment).
Kidwai said in 1988,Rotary started mission of Polio eradication. By the grace of Allah, Polio is almost eradicated from all over the country, except Afghanistan & Pakistan, and we are hopeful that it will be eliminated soon from these countries, as well. Rotary spent 1400 million in that Polio mission. We have 1.2 million Rotary members all over the world, who invest for Rotary.
Now, we are focused to increase the literacy in the country. According to our survey, quality education has not been imparted in government schools and even in some private institutions, which has resulted in sharp decline in education standards and increasing illiteracy. Our youth having degrees are wandering for reasonable jobs, but could not succeed, due to poor quality of education. The education standard is worse in Sindh, in particular and Pakistan in general.
He informed that they have developed a program to collect 10 Lakh books to be provided to libraries in the country, including education institutions and community libraries. We are glad that we have already received 05 Lakh books including 04 Lakh quality books from abroad.
It is learnt that Rotary is expected to earn some 5 Crore from this RFAK concert. The minimum amount of ticket is 2000 for students, 3000 and 5000 for general public, and the group table for corporate sector starting from 100,000.
Shahnaz Ramzi – CEO Star Links said that many countries in our region, especially, Malaysia and others, have been able to achieve ridicule change in increasing literacy by making it compulsory for parents to send their children to schools. Under this program 1000 Happy Schools will be established all over the country, including 100 in Karachi, 400 in all over Sindh and remaining in other three provinces.
PGD Iqbal Qureshi- District Chair RPLM, PGD Aziz Memon-Advisor RPLM-DGN Irfan Qureshi and Rotarian Hameed Bhutoo,-President Rotary Club Sindh Valley and Muhammad Hammad- CEO RPLM and Rotractors were also present at the press briefing.