Malala, PM Abbasi discuss female education in Pakistan at UN

Nobel Laureate also met other world leaders to discuss promotion of female education globally

Our Correspondent September 21, 2017
Malala with PM Abbasi. PHOTO: Twitter

As world leaders, dignitaries and activists gather in New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the two met to discuss promotion of female education in Pakistan.

During the meeting, Malala reinforced her commitment to raise awareness about education, particularly female education, in Pakistan. Referring to the commitment of PM Abbasi for expanding education in Pakistan, she expressed hope that the premier would become a champion of education in Pakistan.

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PM Abbasi appreciated Malala's resolve to her goals and reiterated his commitment towards education in the country. He said that education is the forefront agenda of the present government as no investment would yield results if the country was not investing in the education sector. "During the last four years improvement has been witnessed in the field of education in Pakistan," said PM Abbasi.

"However, the government is cognizant of the challenges in the education sector, and I have written to the chief ministers of the provinces for working together for promotion of education in the country," he further added.

The prime minister noted with satisfaction that the Punjab government has done great job through its education programme in collaboration with DFID that has resulted in significantly reducing drop outs while increasing enrollment. However, he agreed, the country still has a lot of work to do to address gender inequality and infrastructure issues in the education sector.

During the meeting, PM Abbasi said that the government will be making history, mathematics and sciences as a core part of the syllabus to promote the analytical skills of the students. The prime minister further said that the government is also in contact with NGOs and the provincial governments to achieve this objective.

A massive increase has been made by the present government in the Higher Education budget, stated PM Abbasi as he said that he "believes that not only the quantity but also the quality of education that matters."

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Malala had a busy day at the United Nations as she met other world leaders to discuss the promotion of female education globally. These included meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the need for female teachers in Afghanistan.

She also spoke with Prime Minister Netherlands about his country's commitment to education in conflict.

The activist also met French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife to discuss how France can help with the promotion of girls' education globally. "We need his leadership," she tweeted!




Ashraf P | 4 years ago | Reply You go girl ! She is the pride of my nation !!
Zaida Parvez | 4 years ago | Reply Pakistan needs a renowned figure like Malala to lend it soft-power. In the future, it might not be inconceivable that Malala might one day become the PM of Pakistan. That might not be such a bad thing since she has an international standing whether we like it or not.
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