Sunday, November 22, 2009

Govt taking steps for education (11/23/09)

The News
Monday, November 23, 2009

RENOWNED singers Shehzad Roy and Jawad Ahmed called on Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Sunday.

During the meeting, Shehzad Roy said that after Karachi, the Zindagi Trust would make two schools in Punjab centres of excellence out of which one would be set up in Lahore and the other in southern Punjab.

According to a handout, the chief minister said the Punjab government would extend all-out cooperation to the singers in their efforts for the promotion of education. He said both the schools should be of the highest standard. He commended the Zindagi Trust for the promotion of education and added that the Punjab government was attaching top priority to the uplift of education sector and revolutionary measures were being taken for the purpose.

The CM said that in order to provide quality education to people, Danish Schools were being set up in the far-flung and backward areas of the province. He said that the schools would not only be of the highest standard of education but free boarding and lodging facilities would also be provided to the poor students. He said the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund had been established for polishing the talent of promising students. Mrs Shaista Pervez Malik and Schools Secretary Aslam Komboh were also present.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pakistani pop star uses music to educate (11/13/09)

Pakistani pop star uses music to educate
for the Chicago Tribune
by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah

Shehzad Roy, 32, a Pakistani pop star turned humanitarian, was in Chicago last week as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' 2009 Koldyke fellow. Winner of two Pakistani MTV awards and the youngest-ever recipient of one of Pakistan's highest honors, Roy started Zindagi Trust in 2002, raising funds through concerts and offering underprivileged kids a chance to get a quality education with his "I am Paid to Learn" schools. He is now working at reforming the country's public school system.

Q Why did a rock star decide to reform Pakistani schools?

A Why not? One of my cousins used to come.......

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