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Oslo -Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan fully shares the vision of Oslo Summit which aims at mobilizing strong and renewed political commitment to reach out to the 58 million children who are still being denied their right to education, and to improving quality of education for those who attend school. 

The Prime Minister who arrived in the Norwegian capital Monday afternoon, said this during his meeting with former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, immediately after his arrival, here today. 

The Prime Minister recalled Mr. Brown’s chairing the international conference on education in Islamabad last year and appreciated the personal interest taken by him in increasing literacy and improving the quality of education in Pakistan. 

He congratulated Mr. Brown on being a major driving force behind the Oslo Summit. 

The Prime Minister said government of Pakistan is determined to improve the quality of education, enhance gender equality and provide increased learning opportunities for both male and female students in Pakistan. 

 We believe that education is the key to resolving all problems, he said. 

 I strongly believe that education of youth is the only way forward for scio-economic progress of our future generations and that eradicating illiteracy is essential for promotion of peace, tolerance and harmony in any society, he emphasized. 

The Prime Minister said that country’s fight against militancy and terrorism has yielded good results as most of the terrorists have been eliminated and their network and hideouts have been dismantled.

The country has suffered cumulative losses of over $110 billion in the war against terrorism in addition to losing thousands of lives.

The Prime Minister said government is also focusing on skill development, teaching skills to the educated youth and would welcome assistance from any international donor towards this end. 

To ensure gainful employment of youth the Prime Minister mentioned that government has initiated a youth loan programme under which concessional loans are given to young men and women, he added.  

Gordon Brown appreciated the bold decisions taken by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in eliminating terrorism from the country and for improving relations with neighboring countries especially Afghanistan. 

The Summit, he said, would help the world know how Pakistan can be given more assistance to increase literacy and improve quality of education.  

 He extended condolences on the tragic Army School incident and appreciated the decisions taken by the government in its aftermath to make schools safe. 

Mr. Brown informed the Prime Minister that he is planning a meeting of major bilateral donors of Pakistan in education on the sidelines of UNGA later this year. 

Advisor to PM, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM, Mr. Tariq Fatemi; MOS for Education, Mr. Baligh ur Rahman and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Norway were present in the meeting.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan left for Norway today at the invitation of Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. This will be the first official visit by a Pakistani leader to Norway in over a decade.

During his visit to Oslo, the Prime Minister will participate in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development on 7th July. The Summit aims at mobilizing strong and renewed political commitment to reach out to the 58 million children who are denied their right to education. The Summit is being attended by a number of world leaders including the UN Secretary General.

The Prime Minister will also lead a panel discussion on “Education in emergencies and protracted crisis” at the Summit. He will interact with a number of leading personalities in the field of education including Rt. Hon Gordon Brown, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education.   

In addition to participating in the Summit, the Prime Minister will also hold delegation level talks with his Norwegian counterpart. He will also meet HRH Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway.

The visit will provide an opportunity to the Prime Minister not only to attend an important International Conference on Education but also to discuss bilateral, global and regional issues with the top Norwegian leadership.

The Prime Minister’s visit will help in strengthening the existing ties between Pakistan and Norway.

06 July 2015