LAHORE - Introduction of non formal education as an effective system for the promotion of peace and prosperity in the region and equipping every illiterate person with education is indispensable, it has been expressed by educationists and literacy experts from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Japan and other countries.

Addressing a conference arranged by Provincial Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department, Special Assistant to CM on Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Rai Haider Ali Khan said that Punjab government was determined to implement various projects and programmes for the promotion of education. He said that different programmes were being implemented for the provision of education and skill through non-formal education to the poor.

Rai Haider emphasised upon delegates of NGOs engaged in literacy sector to cooperate with Literacy Department for the success of its projects. He described regional conference as harbinger of success of literacy projects of the province.

The other speakers included Director Programme Unit Ministry of Education Afghanistan Allah Baz Jam, Country Director (BRAC) Bangladesh Muzaffar ud Din, Country Director Unesco Abdul Hakim, Secretary Literacy Dr Pervaiz Ahmed Khan, Project Advisor JICA (Japan) Cheo Ohashe, literacy experts Iqbal ur Rehman, Alam Taheem, Shaheen Atiq ur Rehman, Nabat and others.

They appreciated the ongoing literacy projects and the activities of Literacy Department for the promotion of literacy in the province and expressed their views on the importance of non-formal education and experiences of other countries regarding literacy.