Islamabad: Nations cannot progress and flourish when there is disparity in the socio economic status of different segments of the society, nor can a nation progress when more than 50 % of its population remains uneducated. The well-to-do, emancipated and educated strata of the society have a moral and ethical obligation of “sharing and caring” to bring the less privileged, marginalized segments at par. Change in a positive direction can be brought about by imparting meaningful and quality education and education alone.
These views expressed by speakers at a simple and impressive ceremony held in the auditorium of Nazriya e Pakistan Council by International Foundation for Education, Empowerment & Learning (iFeel) in collaboration with Helping Humanity, which is a welfare organization run by patriotic Pakistanis living in Denmark.
The Danish ambassador to Pakistan, Rolf Michael Hay Pereira Holmboe, who was the chief guest on this occasion, said that Denmark is one of the richest and happiest nations owning to transformation and promotion of the education sector. Both public and private sector have a uniform education system and different sectors paly procative role in promotion of education. He said that to be the part of global economy, education must be the top priority. He said that impressive performances by the student show their talent and iFeel is playing a constructive role to bring the out of school children in the mainstream of the society. iFeel is a not for profit organization working for the social uplift of marginalized population of Islamabad with a vision to make the society educated, healthy and vibrant. Its main focus is in the area of education. Out of School Children’s Schools (OSC schools) functioning under the patronage of iFeel are providing quality education to over age, out of school children of slum areas at an accelerated pace, in order to redeem some of their lost years. iFeel not only provides free education but it also takes care of other needs of the students. Monthly ration support is provided to orphan students and ration packets to orphan and needy students during Ramzan. iFeel is collaborating with Federal Directorate of Education and other organizations working in the same field. Presently, nearly 1000 students are enrolled in 14 different branches located in different sectors of Islamabad. Students after successfully completing their primary education and passing the class V examination held by the Federal Directorate of Education are mainstreamed in Federal Government schools. The progress of students is monitored later also to ensure that they do not drop out.
The event was arranged to laud the efforts and hard work of the students and teachers in the 2018 examination of class V and prizes were awarded to high achievers. Short skits and other items were presented by the students. Earlier, welcome address was presented by Dr. Tayyaba Siddiqui, chairperson of iFeel, while Saima Sayyed, the Human Resource manager presented a comprehensive report regarding activities under iFeel. The function was well attended by ex-educationists, partners, donors and parents.##