The creation of a Pak-Unesco Joint Centre of Excellence in Teachers Training and STEAM Learning in Islamabad has been agreed upon by Pakistan and Unesco.
Rana Tanveer Hussain, the federal minister for education and professional training, and Stefania Giannini, the assistant director general for education at UNESCO, made the decision during their bilateral meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
According to a news statement issued yesterday, the meeting took place in conjunction with the II World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education.
Prior to becoming a senator, Giannini served as Italy’s minister of education, higher education, and research.
Rana Tanveer Hussain spoke about Pakistan’s determination to meet the major challenges in the education sector, particularly those related to out-of-school youth, girls’ education, the need for immediate action to prevent learning losses, the quality of education, including issues with pedagogy skills, faculty development, and governance, the introduction and integration of skills learning into mainstream education, and the use of technology and STEM to support the traditional mode of education.
He also stressed the harm that the recent, unheard-of flooding inflicted, with the estimated cost of recovery for the education sector being USD 918 million.
Tanveer recommended that although several interventions were done in conjunction with UNESCO, the emphasis should be on significant issues with one or two high-effect targeted interventions rather than numerous low-impact scattered partnerships in diverse fields.
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