AIOU and ALIGHT join hands to bring ‘Out-of-school children’ into the educational net

To enable the people to earn their livelihood, they will effectively undertake the mission of promoting skill-based literacy.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and an NGO ALIGHT here signed a Letter of Intent to bring out-of-school children in the educational net through cooperative partnership.

Under the bilateral arrangement, at the University’s institute of information and Communication Technology (ICT), ALIGHT will set up two non-formal schools for juveniles and establish a virtual teacher training academy (VTTA).

In presence of the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum, the University’s Registrar Dr. Muhammad Zaigham Qadeer and the country’s representative ALIGHT Pakistan Dr. Tariq Habib Cheema signed the letter of intent.

Teachers’ training for online and distance education will be organized and pedagogical knowledge and management skills for educators will be increased and improved by ALIGHT, through VTTA.
Tailor-made content for teachers, headteachers, field managers, middle managers, officers, master trainers, and other management and teaching staff will be included by the proposed academy.

Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum said, to promote the cause of education, the AIOU will join the nation in the task of community engagement and mobilization They are ready to expand the University’s educational network to educate the illiterates.

He announced that with the help of new technology, the ‘AIOU Open School System’ will be introduced through their fifty-one regional offices across the country. To enable the people to earn their livelihood, they will effectively undertake the mission of promoting skill-based literacy.

Accreditation/certification to participants and free access to campuses across Pakistan to ALIGHT will be provided by AIOU. The training courses will be available for both non-formal and formal streams.

Significant steps being taken to promote education:

On the occasion, Dr. Tariq Habib Cheema highlighted the initiatives and steps taken by them for promoting education in the country, especially for the youth. He called AIOU as the best partner to educate the youth and said that they will work as a bridge between the AIOU and the funding agencies to help the out-of-school children.

The University’s Dean of Education Dr. Nasir Mahmood and Director International exchange and collaboration office Dr. Zahid Majeed addressed the ceremony. He elaborated on the AIOU’s consistent efforts for meeting the educational needs of the society and ensuring education to all.

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