Matter of priorities: Mushtaq Ghani highlights importance of educating girls

Two-year English programme inaugurated

Our Correspondent February 29, 2016
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani distributing certificate among the participants of English Access Microscholarships Programme. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani has said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government realises the importance of educating girls, saying it will help the country achieve its goals.

This was stated in a handout issued by the information directorate on Monday. Ghani expressed these views while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the English Access Microscholarships Programme. The event was organised by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU) at a hotel in the city.

SBBWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Razia Sultana attended the event, while US Consul General William Martin and others also participated in the ceremony via Skype.

“The education of women plays an important role in building the nation’s competence,” the handout quoted Ghani as saying. “Encouraging girls to get an education will have a positive impact… and boost human development.”

According to Ghani, SBBWU’s administration has opened the portal for many girls to get an education and should continue with their endeavours.

Language skills

Access programme coordinator Hina Karamat gave a brief description of the English Access Microscholarships Programme.

“It is a two-year programme which provides English language lessons to people between the ages of 13 and 20 who belong to underprivileged backgrounds,” the handout quoted Karamat as saying. “The ultimate goal of the programme is train students so that they can compete for higher education awards and scholarships in the United States and other countries.”

According to Karamat, the programme will enable students to effectively communicate in English through cooperative learning strategies.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2016.


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