Lahore (Muhammad Yasir)
Lahore In a rare move, the Lahore-based business fraternity will assemble at an event on the eve of International Day of Education to extend support to the noble drive of enrolling out-of-school children in Sindh. The non-profit Green Crescent Trust (GCT) is hosting the event at a hotel in Lahore to mark the International Day of Education which is celebrated on January 24 every year as per the UN’s declaration. On the occasion, the notables of Lahore’s business community will lend support to the charitable campaign of the GCT to enrol a total of 100,000 out-of-school children in Sindh by building a network of 250 schools by the end of 2025. The GCT in pursuit of its mission against illiteracy in Sindh in the past 29 years has built 166 charitable schools in remote and rural areas having an enrolment of over 31,799 children from the deprived families. “This is the fifth fundraiser we are going to organise in Lahore and like our past events we are hopeful that the business fraternity of Punjab’s capital in pursuit of their philanthropic obligations will again overwhelmingly support our drive to end illiteracy for the advancement of less-privileged parts of the country,” said Zahid Saeed, the GCT CEO. He said that it would be a rare get-together of Lahore’s business elite to be assembled to educate children from deprived families in the neighbouring province. He recalled that Punjab Governor, Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, who was the chief guest at the last year’s fundraiser had appreciated that Lahore’s businessmen extending support to the education of underprivileged children from Sindh were contributing a lot to the cause of national cohesion and integrity. Punjab Energy, Industries, and Commerce Minister, S. M. Tanveer, and Punjab Health Minister, Prof Dr Javed Akram, will be the chief guests on the occasion. Federal IT and Telecommunications Minister, Dr Umar Saif & Punjab Minister of Mines, Minerals & Transport, Ibrahim Hasan Murad are also likely to grace the occasion as Chief Guests.