UNESCO-ICHEI Delegation visted Pakistan to open a new chapter of South-South cooperationApril 25, 2017
In April 2017, Ms. Fan Li, Programme Officer and Dr. Roger Y Chao Jr., Senior consultant, representing International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (Hereinafter referred to as ‘ICHEI’), visited Pakistan Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training (Hereinafter referred to as ‘MoE Pakistan’), to provide consultation for Pakistan government in terms of establishing UNESCO Category 2 Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan. The proposed institute aims to leverage non-formal education and literacy taking full advantage of ICTs. It will not only facilitate Pakistan to achieve their National Education Vision 2025, but also provide support to other developing countries in the region or even in the world on their literacy agendas. ICHEI has assisted MoE Pakistan successfully conducted International Consultation Meeting, and incorporated ideas and advices from donors and experts in the final Proposal.
During the visit, His Excellency Engr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Minister of the MoE Pakistan met with ICHEI delegation. He expressed his gratitude and mentioned that the proposed UNESCO Category 2 Institute would become the first one focusing on Non-formal and Literacy issues in the world once approved by UNESCO. He also added that the proposed Institute would not only serve for Pakistan, but also for other developing countries worldwide where any help is needed. Afterwards, Mr. Muhammad Rafique Tahir, Joint Education Advisor chaired the preliminary meeting in the Ministry, scheduled and coordinated each wing/section under the Ministry to jointly work on the UNESCO Category 2 Institute Project. In the following days, ICHEI delegation had a series of separated meetings with head of each wing/section, including National Commission of Human Development (NCHD), Basic Education Community School (BECS), National Education Foundation (NEF), and Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO (PNCU) etc.
On 14th April, the International Consultation Meeting was successfully conducted by MoE Pakistan, actively involved over 20 officials, experts and scholars from Federal government, Provincial Education Sector, UNESCO Islamabad Office, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Weidong Cloud Education Group, Huawei Technology Co. Ltd and other regional independent specialists. Particularly, Weidong Cloud Education Group and Huawei, as leading ICT industries in China, issued formal supporting letters to the Ministry. As a result, the participants made great contribution to the key issues of the proposed UNESCO Category 2 institute, which enabled the meeting with plentiful and substantial achievements.
The Director of ICHEI, Prof. Dr. Ming Li promised that ICHEI will continuously support Pakistan in terms of field visit during feasibility study, to make it a good example of South-South cooperation in education sector.