22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

With no ‘iron gates’, Daanish Schools will greet brilliant students

Govt working to establish Daanish School over 30 acres of land in Islamabad’s Kuri area; announces govt-funded schools for remote areas of Sindh, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan

The federal government has decided to establish Daanish Schools in remote areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces along with Azad Jammu Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan to fulfill aspiration of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan by delivering quality education to children coming from economically disadvantaged families.

“This is not the fault of poor children if their parents cannot afford quality education despite working hard or those who are orphans. If the ‘iron gates’ of the Aitchison College or Grammar Schools are obstructing their way to quality education, doors of Daanish Schools are open for them,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said after inspection site for Daanish School, being established in Kuri area of the federal capital.

To be established over 30 acres of land, the school will provide free education and accommodation to the children from the capital city and its suburbs with a vision to provide equal opportunity for quality education. Calling alarming figure of 26 million out-of-school children a ‘criminal negligence’, the prime minister said Quaid-e-Azam’s dream about Pakistan would remain unfulfilled without making arrangements for quality education.

In 2010, Punjab Assembly passed an act to pave the way for the establishment of Punjab Daanish Schools and Centres of Excellence Authority to provide quality elementary, secondary and higher secondary education to under privileged and other segments of the society. The authority operates and manages a unique combination of boarding schools and day schools. The schools are already serving in different areas of the Punjab province.

Shehbaz Sharif announces groundbreaking of Islamabad’s Daanish School soon; asks Education Ministry to ensure boarding school’s completion within eight months

The prime minister said that there can be no bigger national service or the fulfillment of the responsibility than enrolling these out-of-school children. He announced that the federal government would fully bear expenses of constructing Daanish Schools in these provinces, and the semi-autonomous regions. He announced that the federal government would declare an education emergency and would dole out all possible resources to educate children from across-the-board.

He said that the Daanish Schools project was initiated under former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision and that the students were making an impact in debate, sports and other fields internationally. Recounting the journey of the visionary project, the prime minister said they resisted the criticism of the initiative just to support the children from low-income groups with quality education at par with elite-class education institutions.

Under Nawaz Sharif’s leadership, he recalled that the PMLN-backed government in the past gave away laptops to the students which became an earning tool for them. Besides, the then Punjab government also recruited around 200,000 teachers purely on merit. He said the groundbreaking of Islamabad’s Daanish School would be performed soon and asked the Education Ministry to ensure its completion within eight months. He also announced to personally inaugurate the Daanish Schools to be established in Balochistan, and the semiautonomous regions.

Dr Amjad Saqib recalls journey of Daanish Schools aimed at addressing disparities; lauds Punjab Education Endowment Fund for supporting students

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui lauded the vision behind Daanish School and requested the prime minister to declare an education emergency to address the challenges and shortcomings in the education sector and that every vacant building should be used for teaching purposes. Comparing the aging nations, he said Pakistan was rich with youth bulge and the government should utilize its resources to skill and train them to make them employable in the international market.

Benazir Income Support Program Chairman Dr Amjad Saqib recalled the journey of the establishment of Daanish Schools aimed at addressing disparities in the society and lauded the Punjab Education Endowment Fund which benefited around 450,000 students in Punjab. Highlighting the issue of out-of-school children, he said the poor parents also yearned to see their children educate and excel and expressed the hope that the prime minister would play his role to change their fate.

In his remarks, Usman Akram, a pre-engineering student of Daanish School in Attock, said that the boarding school had played a remarkable role in improving the literacy rate by providing a platform of quality education to students like him coming from a low-income group. He said that the Daanish School students were ready to play their role in national development and requested the prime minister to expand the facility in other parts of the motherland.