ISLAMABAD  – Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched a comprehensive programme to train master-trainers to help dropout female students complete their elementary study through distance-learning system.

In this connection, a ten-day workshop concluded here today, during which 30 teachers belonging to various districts were provided advanced teaching skill and know-how to work as master trainers to provide teaching facility to the female students at their door-steps. It has been estimated that millions of students were deprived of acquiring education even at the elementary level due to social and economic barriers. The workshop was part of the on-going efforts of the AIOU to meet the educational requirements of such students.

The programme has been initiated in collaboration with the Plan International under its Girl Power Programme (Pakistan). The concluding session was addressed by Dr. Abdul Hafiz, Dean of Social Sciences and  Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur Director, Bureau for University Extension and Special Programmes/Projects (BUESP).      

They called for making greater efforts to fight illiteracy at gross-root levels.

They assured that the AIOU will provide solid foundation through infrastructural and academic support to educate drop-out girl and middle age female students at the district-level.

About the recent achievements of the AIOU, they said there has been unprecedented growth in the students’ enrolment in the last two years, which showed students’ trust in the universities educational pursuits.