Amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, the education systems all around the world have reverted to conducting all academic activities on online platforms. While universities and private colleges have been busy with taking online classes, schools in Pakistan are completely shut-down for the time being. To curb this issue, Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched his Teleschool programme to alleviate education loss.
At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused catastrophic mayhem, with over 5,800 people infected and 96 deaths.
The Teleschool programme
Owing to the launch ceremony, Imran Khan pronounced that the launch of this programme will minimize school level educational gap. Meanwhile, it will reach those children who are currently living in rural areas and don’t have access to academic facilities, imparting light on the fact that children of primaries are currently out of their schools.
An initiative like this would prove beneficial for all. Moreover, Imran Khan highlighted that in the mere future, this broadcast will also contain academics for adults.
Joint Secretary (Education) Syed Umair Javed, responsible for the programme’s initiation said: “The credit of making this project possible in less than a month goes to unsung heroes: content developers, teachers and staff of Federal Directorate of Education, editors, techs, and producers of Allama Iqbal Open University and PTV.”
PTV aired the programme Teleschool, today, for the first time from 8 am to 6 pm.
Reaction from Pakistanis
Following the program airing, people have been tweeting about it. On the basis of the feedback, it is safe to say that most of the people have commended the program.
Best ever thing happened in this era❤ Ub taleem hogi aam ghar gharBooksHouse buildingNote these timings and make sure child is going to attend this #CoronavirusfreePakistan#Teleschool pic.twitter.com/PUbii8zsa2
— Kashif Nawaz (@KashifNawaz1297) April 14, 2020
I highly appreciate the efforts of @FDEGOPOfficial & @WajihaQmr on launching #Teleschool. It simply validate that our electables & departments are capable of bringing swift solutions, if provided proper support.
— Ahmed Umer Sohaib (@TheSohaibTweets) April 14, 2020
PM Imran khan has decided to open #teleschool channel from today for the sake of education!!
It is much more beneficial for the student who are wandering in the streets and their habits of study was ending due to ongoing corona situation!!
Great step by pM #NBC pic.twitter.com/qrUMvx2D8h
— Emaan E ayesha (@Emaaan_says) April 14, 2020
Over 50 million students in #Pakistan have been impacted by closure of education institutes due to #COVID_19 said World Bank's country director for Pakistan welcoming launch of country's first #TeleSchool TV channel for children's homeschooling || @DigitalPak_GoP @Illango_WB pic.twitter.com/2M2EtKYY1Y
— Arab News Pakistan (@arabnewspk) April 14, 2020
Request for Overseas funds
Nevertheless, PM Imran Khan has also appealed to all Pakistanis to donate generously to his Corona Relief Fund. As of now, many celebrities have been posting videos to raise awareness of this cause.
In his special video message, the PM said: “Pakistan will be hit by poverty as an aftermath of the lockdown due to coronavirus. Thus it will need financial support from overseas Pakistanis.”
So far, the government has been able to collect Rs. 8 billion, hoping that it will increase when overseas Pakistanis start donating more.
“It is need of the hour that overseas Pakistanis play their part in mitigating the difficult situation the country is currently facing,” he added.
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