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UNESCO & UNICEF Celebrate Education for All Week in Sindh - Right to Education and Role of Teachers

Hyderabad - 27 April 2013: UNESCO and UNICEF in collaboration with Sindh Teacher Education Development Authority and Bureau of Curriculum organized a public forum at Hyderabad to celebrate the EFA Global Action Week in Sindh under the
global theme of "Every Child Needs a Teacher".

The event was participated by a large number of educationists, teachers, students, civil society representatives and prospective teachers who are currently enrolled at Associate Degree in Education - ADE in various Elementary Colleges of Sindh. The participants were invited from various districts of Sindh, i.e. Tharparker, Larkana, Dadu, Khairpur, Mirpurkhas and Thatta. UNESCO and UNICEF engaged a large number of stakeholders in the public forum to share challenges and solutions to improve the literacy rate, to promote enrollment drives at grassroots level and to sensitize the parents and school management committees for the implementation of Right to Free and Compulsory Education in Sindh, which guarantees Education as the fundamental right of all children of the province.

While reading the message of UNESCO Country Director, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, UNESCO Provincial Coordinator, Kazi Ayaz Mahessar acknowledged the efforts of Education and Literacy Department for its various initiatives to improve the education standards in the province. Quoting UNESCO Director's speech, he said that; it is important that planners, policy makers, community leaders and all other stakeholders realize and recognize the contribution and potential of teachers for educational development in the society. The teaching profession should receive the recognition it deserves and should be a rewarding career for teachers. Among other speakers at the forum were; Mr. Anjum Pervaiz, Provincial Director of USAID Teacher Education Programme, Mr. Javed Soz, Executive Director, Sindh Community Foundation and Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhurt, Director, Bureau of Curriculum, Government of Sindh. The Public Forum was followed by the exhibition of paintings on EFA theme and slogans. Participants of the seminar took special interest in paintings done by the ADE undergraduates and appreciated their thoughts and ideas expressed in the form of art.
 Watch a video message from Director-General, UNESCO