There are no two options about the fact that bringing education reforms is the need of the hour as well as the only solution to eliminate the evils and scars existing in our society for centuries.

The government realises the importance of education and is working vigorously to help uplift the society besides stressing and spreading the light of knowledge among the masses.

Actions speak louder than words. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has proved this true by displaying his deep interest and taking practical steps in promoting the cause of education – a step that is of fundamental and utter importance to ensure bright and prosperous Pakistan for our future generations.

His recent visit to a federal school at F-8/3 sector marked the beginning of Montessori classes in the public sector schools. This initiative is part of his vision for educational reforms programme under, which about 422 public sector schools in federal capital will be renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The launch of Montessori classes in FG schools is indeed a revolutionary step, which would promote standard of education and help reduce the gap between public and private education systems.

Credit regarding this endeavour must be given to the young, talented and deeply committed Maryam Nawaz, as this initiative is actually her brainchild and she is taking it forward purely on volunteer basis, without being given any official designation. Given the charisma and personality, Maryam Nawaz has all the requisite traits to become a national leader with a cause. For this she need not join the politics but like Edhi, she is taking forward her mission of education reforms to the entire country and this is no doubt a great service to the nation. Since Islamabad is not the whole of Pakistan, Maryam Nawaz is also taking measures to replicate the Islamabad model in public sector schools of all the provinces for the solace of the parents who are unable to bear the burden of exorbitant fee of private schools. As she enjoys influence and respect, she may call an informal meeting of the provincial departments or could personally visit the provincial capitals to make new strides heading towards her mission and noble cause.

The frequent visits of Maryam Nawaz to educational institutions in the capital and her personal interest in provision of enabling conducive environment for education there, has also inspired the capital administration to complete the task of renovation of schools in a flawless and timely manner. Leading from the front, she has repeatedly expressed her resolve to bring remarkable improvements both in health and education sectors during her party’s tenure and the recently launched schemes speak volumes of her keen interest and commitment towards this national obligation.

Acumen Fund global head Jacqueline Novogratz has also appreciated Maryam Nawaz for her leadership role in the health, education and youth employment programmes. During her recent visit, she deeply lauded Maryam’s commitment and dedication to the disenfranchised segments of society.

Besides working on the education front, Maryam has also expressed her firm resolve to build a progressive Pakistan by giving an equal and a respectable status to women.

Apart from working in her own personal capacity, she has always motivated women of the country to work hard and has always encouraged others to bring change in the negligent system of the country.

Under her visionary and vigorous leadership, the female parliamentarians are keen to provide women playing field on equal levels in accordance with the vision of Pakistan’s founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the development and prosperity of the country. We are confident that the dream of better education for all will be a reality soon and see Pakistan on road to enlightenment visualising new horizons.

The writer represents Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the National Assembly of Pakistan.