Kinnaird College hosted a conference on International Education Day
By our correspondent
According to the sources of Daily Notable, Kinnaird Center for Learning and Cultural Development (KCLCD), Kinnaird College for Women in collaboration with CMYMC and Youth Revolution Clan organized a conference on International Education Day on the theme Invest in People, Prioritize Education.
The aim of the conference was to highlight the essential role of education in promoting development and peace in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, which emphasizes that countries will fail to achieve gender equality and break the cycle of poverty that leaves millions of children, youth and adults behind.
The conference opened with opening remarks by Rizwan Anwar, Executive Director (KCLCD) and UN Global Youth Ambassador, who highlighted the objective of the conference and mentioned that the international community recognized that education is essential for the success of all its 17 when it unveiled the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.
The Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee, Maha Jamil, said that in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
During the conference, a video message of the UN Secretary-General on the International Day of Education was shown, which reflected the initiatives of the UN in support of education. The conference hosted an informative session on the learning experience, diversity and learning practices of the students, which featured speakers Ms. Gulsana Mansha (Educator), Air Cmdr (R)️ Khalid Chishti, Shoaib Iqbal, Dr. Farzan Arshad and Zeeba Hashmi.
The speakers spoke about the importance of education and said that education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future.
During the conference, it was discussed that about 244 million children and adolescents worldwide are not in school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and approximately four million refugee children and youth are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.
Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan, former provincial education minister, was the chief guest at the last session of the conference. Acknowledging Kinnaird College’s role in championing quality education for girls, he said the education policies that have been designed and implemented during his tenure have benefited the academic, research and youth sector as a whole.
Principal of Kinnaird Colleges Dr. Ruksana David thanked the speakers and participants for their valuable contributions. She promised that Kinnaird College will continue to raise awareness of important aspects besides academic activities. The conference ended with a certificate awarding ceremony between the speakers. – PUNA