‘Give every child his right to education’

CHITRAL, Oct 8: To increase enrollment in the government primary schools in Chitral, an education rally was organized by Alif Ailaan (Transforming Education Pakistan), says a press release. The rally started from Chew Bridge, the historical bridge built by Kalasha ruler Chew, and after passing through the main bazaar ended at the Chitral polo ground. A large number of students, parents, civil society and Insaf Students Federation activists took part in the rally. The students were carrying banners and placards inscribed with the messages asking students to “Study and change life.” The rally sought implementation of article 25 (A) to ensure all children in school. Addressing the students, Luke Rehmat, the district network coordinator Alif Ailaan, said “Pakistan is facing hard time in its history due to low enrollment rates and lack of education facilities.” He said 25 million children were out of school in Pakistan and so many were used dropping out after enrollment. He emphasized to enroll as many students as possible and also urged students and parents to ask their parents to follow-up their elected representatives and ask them what they are doing for education in Chitral. Luke added: “Chitral is the biggest district in KP but there is no board and university for the students although there are a large number of colleges in the district.” The participants demanded establishment of the board of intermediate secondary education and a university in Chitral. Nazir Ahmad, president ISF, Nooruddin, senior teacher, Zia ur Rehmat and others spoke on the occasion.

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