World educational conference begins

Quality education needed for progress

LAHORE = The inaugural session of the first international educational conference hosted by the Institute of Education, Lahore College for Women University was held here on Wednesday.

The conference addressed the theme of “Building Knowledge Competencies for Sustainable Development in Asia: Achieving the Goals of Life Long Learning”.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, leading national and international educationists from USA, UK and Malaysia, distinguished guests, along with 400 participants were present on this occasion for deliberations on these conference areas and discussions on its major themes.

Speaking at the opening session of the conference Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Quraishi extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests and students on the occasion and congratulated the organisers for holding this important conference. She emphasised that to achieve sustainable development, we need to change the way we think and act.

This requires quality education and learning for sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts, she said.

The conference intends to achieve the objectives of identifying certain areas of knowledge convergences which are conducive for making United Nation’s identified knowledge competencies work in the Asian context and beyond. It addresses three key areas upholding the cause of UN’s call for an inclusive and equitable quality education for sustainable development. These themes among others were the topics of the keynote speakers Prof Dr Saeeda Shah, University of Leicester, UK, Prof Dr Muhammad Memon, Agha Khan University, Prof Dr Munawar Sultana Mirza, Leads University, Pakistan and Dr Naim Syed, Associate Assistant Vice President at University of Connecticut Health and Janet Syed, at the opening session of the three day conference.

Other notable guests present on the occasion were Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana, Kamran Lashari, Director General, Walled City Lahore Authority, Merrimack College, USA, Dr Victoria Showunmi, University College London, Dr Sazali Bin Yousoff, Director, Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia and Dr Siti Salina Binti Mustakim, Institute Aminuddin Baki, Ministry of Education, Malaysia.