PAKISTAN: Women Education to Bring Socio-Economic Change: Fakhar -ul-Haq

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Pakistan Today
Southern Asia
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Punjab University, Oriental College Chairman Department of Urdu and Veteran Educationist Professor Fakhar-ul-Haq Noori said on Saturday that female education is a powerful instrument for economic and social change in the society.

The chairman said, "Women can help a country achieve its national goals through by providing them with the right skills and knowledge." He said that the widespread recognition of this fact has created awareness on the need to focus upon literacy and elementary education programme, not simply as a matter of social justice but to foster economic growth, social well-being and stability.

He remarked that education is a critical input in human resource development and is essential for the country's economic growth. "It increases the productivity and efficiency of individuals and it produces skilled labour-force that is capable of leading the economy towards the path of sustainable growth and prosperity," he opined.

Replying to a question, he said that women's education is linked with other facets of human development that make it a priority. "Apart from the acquisition of knowledge and values conductive to social evolution, women education plays a huge role in enabling the society to foster logical and analytical thinking.

Furthermore, education allows women to acquire organisational, managerial, and administrative skills, enhanced self-esteem and improved social and financial status. "Therefore, by promoting education among women, Pakistan can achieve social and human development, and gender equality," he added.