PM Sharif assures Malala: Will improve quality of education

Karachi, July 8 (ANI): Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly assured Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai during a meeting in Norwegian capital of Oslo that his government was determined to improve the quality of education, enhance gender equality and provide increased learning opportunities to both male and female students in Pakistan.

According to a statement released by the PM House, the premier said that his government will increase education spending to four per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), adding that the reconstruction of about 1,000 schools that were destroyed during the 2005 earthquake was underway, reported the Dawn.

Nawaz said that significant steps had been taken to promote the rights of women, children and minorities and assured that efforts towards building an inclusive society will continue.

He also praised the 18-year-old education activist for her bravery and steadfastness, saying that these virtues had made her a role model for millions, despite her tender age. Sharif also lauded her efforts to promote education.

While appreciating the efforts undertaken by Pakistan’s government to improve the state of education in the country, Yousafzai stressed that education was the key to eliminating terrorism as well as the mindset behind terrorism.

The statements came a day after Yousafzai urged world leaders to cut down eight days of military spending to provide 12 years of education to all children for free. (ANI)

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