Education is a fundamental human right. It is education, which differentiate between being human or otherwise. Besides, it is a powerful tool, which enables socially and economically marginalized children and adults to lift themselves in the society. Education equips children with skills to shape their future, which in turn transforms the whole society. Educated and thriving citizens are the most precious asset of a country to scale the heights of glory among comity of nations.
Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is one of the conduits of the Government of the Punjab for undertaking Public Private Partnership in the education sector of Punjab. Since its establishment, PEF has successfully executed different programs across Punjab benefiting around 2.6 million students, mostly belonging to the marginalized fractions of the society.
PEF has presence in all 36 districts of Punjab and a large number of children are enrolled under its different programs namely FAS, EVS and NSP. Major thrust of these programs is to provide access and affordability particularly in areas where it is really hard to surmount these challenges at minimal cost. PEF is also assisting partners in other areas like teacher’s training through its Continuous Professional Development Program (CPDP) and free textbooks for students. Moreover, PEF ensures that the assigned mandate is achieved in benefitting manner through its meticulously planned, deliberately executed Monitoring & Evaluation mechanism and various other interventions including Quality Assurance Test. Naturally, These initiatives cannot bear the fruit which they are intended to bear, unless all of the parties to which I referred earlier, fully recognize and embrace their respective roles and responsibilities, and deliver them with the requisite diligence, dedication and compassion.
In the end, I pledge to utilize our paramount efforts and potential to reach out every inch of the motherland to equip every child with optimum level of education and knowledge so that they can make this country THE BEST, in the line of nations.