Speakers at the fifth international conference on ‘Research and Practices in Education’ held on Tuesday at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) called for making education relevant to society’s overall well-being.
They emphasised that education should be an effective source for the transformation of society and a helping hand in improving quality of life at all levels.
The two-day conference was arranged by the AIOU’s Faculty of Education to promote the concept of ‘Relevance and Quality in Education’.
Speaking at the occasion Senator Taj Haider called for turning the education into a movement, in line with the footprints of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, who had struggled to replace the out-dated and traditional education system, with a modern one.
He was of the view that coming generations and the educationists should adopt an ‘East Look’ policy to learn from countries like China that brought tremendous development in the quality of life of their people through education.
Federal Education Parliamentary Secretary Wajiha Akram also spoke about the need of linking education with society, stating the education must contribute to socio-economic development.
She was confident the educational institutions will succeed in addressing the issue of out-of-school and drop-out children through collective efforts.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2020.