IT minister Umar Saif lauds G-B education reforms

Saif chaired a high-level meeting

Our Correspondent August 25, 2023
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Caretaker Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Umar Saif lauded the groundbreaking education reforms implemented in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). 

Saif, in a high-level meeting, discussed initiatives to overhaul education, technology, and healthcare sectors across the region.

The focal point of these initiatives is a multi-faceted approach that is already showing results. For example, students in government primary schools are now daily nutritious meals. This initiative has led to an inspiring increase in attendance rates, soaring from 65% to 90%.

At least 200 schools in the region have also pioneered the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Computer Education, and Entrepreneurship courses, supplemented by practical training,  34 schools are now equipped with IT infrastructure, including Digital Interactive Smart TVs and Learning Management Systems (LMS).

To improve infrastructure in the region, around 55 classrooms, all equipped with IT tools and Learning Management Systems, are also being added. 

Recently, the GB Summerfiesta 2023, which engaged a staggering 28,000 students over 10 days, was held The festival offered diverse programs such as IT Boot Camps, Mathematics Clubs, Mental Health Awareness Sessions, and even Yoga Classes, attracting collaboration from distinguished organizations like Karandaz, LUMS, and NHA, thus culminating in a dynamic learning experience.

The government of the region has also recruited 1000 Education Fellows through a rigorous bidding process, effectively enhancing the availability of STEM and Computer Education teachers throughout the region. This step, where fellows are employed on a contractual basis, aims to elevate educational standards across the board.

Karandaaz Pakistan is also actively engaged in promoting financial literacy among students. The initiative imparts principles of budgeting, decision-making, and saving, equipping young minds for financial success.

In a bid to empower females, the Pink Bus Project has also been initiated, offering safe and free transportation services to women across various regions. A strategic collaboration with the National College of Arts (NCA) has led to the establishment of an NCA campus in Gilgit, fostering artistic and cultural growth.

The IT minister has expressed his admiration for the initiatives made in various sectors in G-B and announced his intention to visit the region to foster collaboration and coordination between the center and the region.


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