Pakistan, Bajaur Agency: International Literacy Day was marked at Govt Post Graduate Collage Khar Bajaur (GPGCB and celebrated the day by launching a huge gathering at college Hall.
The ceremony was presided by prof:Gul Badshah principal GPGC Bajaur, while the whole ceremony was widely arranged by prof: Ziaul Haq , Salim Jan and prof Ikhteyar Gul. The gathering was participated by prof Tahir, prof:Nisar, Aminul Haq, Anwar Shah, Abdur Rashed,
Rahemullah, etc along with a number of students. The students delivered their speeches on the occasion in Urdu and English.
Hayatullah Khan, Imtyaz Ali, Gauharullah, Anwar Khan, Salahud Din, M.Ilyas Burhan, M.Ibrahim Naushad and Tahir delivered their speeches and poems and Ghazals.
On the occasion Principal prof: Gul Badshah said that, “The purpose of the International Literacy Day is to focus attention on the need for mass literacy and to highlight the importance and benefits of literacy to individuals, communities, societies, and for the world community as a whole.
International Literacy Day therefore focuses attention on literacy issues and the need to raise public awareness and support for literacy. Today, about 45 percent or over 50 million people in Pakistan are illiterate. Half of the rural women can not read and write.
Pakistan is a signatory to different national and international conventions and declarations, including Education For All (EFA) and MDGs.Eradication of illiteracy is a constitutional responsibility of the State of Pakistan, as per Article 37-b of the Constitution.
The government has been taking steps to promote literacy and basic education in the country but the efforts can produce better results only when all sections of the society actively participate in the fight against illiteracy.
Policy makers and change agents, particularly the political parties and parliamentarians, should lead the literacy movement in their constituencies and at the national level. Civil society, especially the mass media can play a key role in creating an enabling environment for promotion of literacy and basic education in Pakistani society.
He added that There is virtually no power in the earth, as powerful as the written word, which is why today we celebrate World Letreracy Day.
Hussain Ahmad / E Pakistan News