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Madrassah Education in Pakistan

Children belonging to Rohingya Muslim community read Koran at a madrasa, or a religious school, at a makeshift settlement, on the outskirts of Jammu, May 6, 2017. Picture taken on May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Madrassah Education in Pakistan Mainstreaming and reform is the way forward Muhammad Atif Sheikh International Literacy Day is observed around the world on 8th September every year. The basic purpose behind observing this day, on the one hand, is to reiterate the strong resolve to make all-out efforts to promote education while also analyzing, on the other, the efforts made ... Read More »

Rethinking Urbanization in Pakistan

Healthy urbanization project on white background

Rethinking Urbanization in Pakistan The Population Bomb and Food Security Muhammad Atif Sheikh Beware! Our cities are fast eating up our agricultural lands and the threat of being food insecure looms large in the urban population of our country. This was what Mr Rana Riaz Mehmood, Assistant Horticulture Officer, Lahore, stunned me with. This forewarning made me think as to ... Read More »

A Critical Appraisal of the CE-2019 Examination

A Critical Appraisal of the CE-2019 Examination

Aims and Objectives The purpose of this White Paper is to analyze as objectively and dispassionately as possible, the papers set by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for Competitive Examination 2019, in the light of the syllabus published by the FPSC on its website. The basic assumptions in this regard are: 1. that the purpose of the syllabus is ... Read More »

FM Radio in Pakistan

FM Radio in Pakistan

Past, Present and Future Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace: this is the theme for World Radio Day 2019. Radio, which has the distinction of being the world’s first electronic medium, has evolved over the years to become what it is today – a part and parcel of our lives. With its extensive outreach, high user-friendliness and admirable diversity of its content, ... Read More »

Universal Health Coverage and Pakistan

Universal Health Coverage and Pakistan

How we fared and what we should do “May Allah Almighty protect you against all diseases!” This is the sentence almost everyone of us wish to our fellow human beings. In Pakistan, saying this to every other person seems more appropriate because for most people in this country, seeking health facilities is synonymous with inequality, economic burden, bribery, reference and ... Read More »

The Crippling Burden of Hidden Hunger

Hidden Hunger

Stunted, lean and indolent children; this is, perhaps, the picture of our future. It’s a bitter yet an undeniable truth; because the diet we are feeding our children with though satisfies their hunger, their bodies remain deprived of adequate nutrition – essential vitamins and minerals (collectively micronutrients). This is a state of malnutrition which is commonly referred to as ‘Hidden ... Read More »