Addressing the 30th anniversary celebrations of Sindh Education Foundation, Education and Literacy Minister Sardar Ali Shah said on Friday that education is our top priority and to that end , the government has opened about 950 Foundation-assisted schools in the current year.
SEF has collaborated with Microsoft and Noon Academy to provide education through ICT, and a program for 38 popular schools will be launched in partnership with reputable organizations, he said.
The Minister of Education hailed the role of SEF in strengthening the cause of quality education among marginalized strata by building long-lasting partnerships with the province’s private sector.
He said the foundation also plays an important role in post-primary education. The minister said that around 3,555 SE&LD/FAS students are being awarded fully funded scholarships in reputable institutions across the country and this is the biggest and most significant milestone of Sindh Education Foundation. He added that the SEF, in collaboration with the UNDP, had launched a “youth education, employment and empowerment project”, which aimed to empower more than 15,000 young people and approximately 50% women through education and training.
He reaffirmed his government’s commitment to overcoming all obstacles and improving access and quality of education across the province. SELD is committed to sustaining the foundations of its scalability to create a lasting positive impact in the lives of children across the province.
On this occasion, SEF officials distributed cash rewards and certificates to the top performing learners of the Adolescent and Adult Learning and Training Program (AAALTP). The SEF is Sindh’s initiative to provide accelerated primary education to teenagers who have missed the opportunity to pursue primary education at their age. He successfully completed the first batch after attempting the final examination of the “C” package equivalent to the fifth class under the supervision of Sindh Education Foundation and Non-Formal Management.
For this, teenage learners received a certificate of equivalence of success in primary school after successfully passing the exams. In order to encourage high-performing learners, the AALTP Learners Primary Equivalency Certificate Distribution Ceremony was held. Currently, the foundation has 14 partners and a network of 103 centers with about 183 teachers through which it provides non-formal education to about 10,000 learners and 1,148 adult learners in 15 districts of Sindh. The 30th anniversary theme, which is “empowerment through education”, was also shared with a presentation on SEF and its 30-year journey.