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United Nations’ Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has said his office is ready to raise funds for a new project to increase literacy and improve education in Pakistan.

He expressed these views during his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York. They discussed issues pertaining to mutual cooperation for the promotion of education in Pakistan.

Gordon Brown admired Prime Minister Sharif for according priority to education in Pakistan.

The envoy indicated that donors are willing to increase funding depending on the results of the scheme. IMF could also be approached to relax terms for financing of education sector in Pakistan.

He noted that only 15 months were left to achieving Millennium Development Goals on education and governments would have to redouble efforts to pull off extraordinary results in this short period. He said convening a donor conference could also be considered to seek additional funds for education in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif welcomed Gordon Brown’s proposal and appreciated his efforts for promotion of education in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said that he would personally discuss the proposal with the Chief Ministers of the provinces, who were very receptive to any cooperation in the field of education in line with government’s priority.

Nawaz Sharif said that education is a top priority for his Government as reflected in Vision-2025. The Government had raised allocation for education to 2 per cent of GDP and he was committed to taking it to 4 percent of GDP by 2018.

He said the government’s first priority is to achieve 100 per cent enrolment and this requires incentives to poor families to encourage them to send their children to school.

The Prime Minister said the proposed fund would be utilised for incentivizing education at the district and community level.

Nawaz assured Gordon Brown that the funds would be utilised strictly for the purpose of education under a transparent and tangible plan for maximum results.

The two leaders also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest including ongoing military operation against terrorists, floods in Pakistan, and the recent referendum in Scotland.


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