Literacy dept to launch ‘Taleem-e-Balighan’ in prisons of Punjab: minister

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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Dr Farrukh Javed said that the Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department (NFBED) has planned to launch Taleem-e-Balighan programme for prisoners to help in transforming the prisoners into productive and useful members of the society.

The minister expressed these views in the departmental meeting regarding Punjab Non-Formal Education Project for prisoners. Literacy and NFBED Secretary Dr Naveed Ahmed Chaudhry, Additional Secretary Akram Jan, Project Director Shakeel Ahmed and the concerned officers also attended the meeting.

In the meeting, it was told that the department has successfully completed the pilot project and comprehensive programmes would be launched soon.

The minister said, “The prisons will not become nurseries for crime anymore and we will convert them into schools for better future and the prisoners will become constructive and productive members of society after getting education”.

The minister said that the project would soon be started all over the province and literate prisoners would teach the fellow prisoners under the guidance of literacy department, the data from Jails of Lahore, Sahiwal, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, DG Khan and Mianwali has been collected, he added.

Farrukh Javed instructed the secretary (Literacy) and Prisons inspector general to finalise the SOPs for launching the programme.