CHITRAL: Prominent literary figure and writer Dr Inayatullah Faizi appreciated Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) for promoting women education in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Addressing the audience, Dr Inayat Ullah Faizi said that the progress of a nation lied in the teachers. He referred to the founder of modern China Mr. Mao Tse-Tung as he was a teacher, who rendered herculean services to uplift China economically and to provide them with a platform towards scientific advancement. He appreciated the endeavors of AKES, P Chitral saying that AKES, P had been rendering valuable services to promote literacy and then quality education in Chitral. AKES, P played praiseworthy role to educate girls in a remote area like Chitral, which has led towards better literacy in the region. He highlighted the current step of encouraging and recognizing the services of the teachers as a positive step towards the acquisition of quality teaching and learning. Dr Faizi emphasized on the government to take such steps for improving quality of government education system. He said that introducing career counseling and guidance programme in the educational institutions will nurture the young generation towards their holistic grooming. Mr. Muhammad Afzal, the president Ismaili Council Lower Chitral, presided over the session and expressed his views on the occasion. He reminded the teachers of the heavy responsibility on the shoulders to groom a child thus to become a source of development of a nation.
General Manager AKES, P, Chitral Brigadier (R) Khush Muhammad Khan also addressed the audience and said that the programme was being held to honor the valuable services of the teachers. He said that Aga Khan Schools were established in 1980s, when female literacy rate was about two percent in Chitral. Parents’ motivation to send their children to schools was a hindrance yet the schools coped up the challenges with the commitment and consistent hard work of the teachers. The ceaseless efforts of teachers helped AKES, P Chitral in providing quality education from primary to higher secondary level in this remote. He also shared with the audiences that AKES, P is consistent in its programme of providing quality education. One aspect of this programme is to honor those teachers who performed very well on the basis of their annual appraisals for the year 2014-15. He assured the teachers that AKES’P will leave no stone unturned in facilitating the teachers. He further said that AKES,P was working to come up with more quality enhancement measures including induction of well qualified School Heads and their training in AKU-IED and Institute of Business Administration Karachi, stepwise up-gradation of the existing schools, establishment of ECD centres, professional grooming of teachers, provision and improving the physical infrastructure of the schools, which will further enrich the atmosphere for quality teaching and learning.
Mr. Farman Dullah representing the teachers extended his high gratitude to AKES, P for launching a grand occasion as Teacher’s Recognition Day which will verily boost up the morale of the teachers. At the end of the programme AKES, P Special Diaries were distributed and garlands were made worn to the teachers with 25 years or more service. On the occasion 22 teachers from 18 Aga Khan Schools in Lower Chitral were presented cheques of bonus prizes. Out of which 12 teachers received a cheque of Rs.35,000 each, 9 teachers got Rs.50, 000 each and 1 teacher was awarded with a cheque of Rs.75,000. Another programme will be organized for the teachers of Upper Chitral sometime in February 2016.