The Department of Education organized a seminar and arranged a day-long workshop titled ‘Standards and Fundamentals of Higher Education in the Western world with a comparison to the developing countries’ on April 11, 2019.
Addressing the event, Liason Officer of Academic Council of United Nations System, Dr Afsar Rathore said that a wide range of challenges and opportunities are emerging in higher education institutions with many political, economic and social implications. The role of higher education institutions in today’s world is immense, complex and vital.
He expressed that the students should learn to value education received by hard work and be able to face the challenges of the modern world.
Currently, Dr Rathore said, there are three kinds of educational systems existing in the Pakistan: madressah system, public school system and English-medium or private school system. He called for uniform education system with a uniform syllabus “to bring unity among the nation”.
Dr Afsar stressed on improving the quality of education, enrolment of out of school children and introducing a uniform education system in Pakistan. He discussed the historical development of higher education in western world and explained their fundamental beliefs starting from early childhood education at home, preschool and elementary school.
He emphasized the importance of earlier years by giving examples from international research.
“The early years education are very important as most adult mental ability is developed during the first three years, however, in Pakistan early education has not received due attention and millions of children in Pakistan, under the age of five year, are not meeting their development potential,” he said and added that during the early years students should be taught through games and other innovations.
Dr Rathore recommended critical thinking and reflective practices to be promoted among higher education students for this purpose.
Dr Ashfaq Ahmad shah informed that the seminar was a part of ongoing activities for promoting learning and awareness among students and faculty members. Such interactive sessions on diversified topics with the prominent figures help students build their critical approach.
It may be added that Dr Rathor is a professional from International Civil Services and has been working at UN headquarter and the President of Growth for Peace Organization.
At the end, Dr Muhammad Sarwar and Dr Ashfaq Ahmad presented the souvenir and gift to the guest speaker.
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