The Education Ministry of Pakistan signed an MOU for the launch of the country’s first radio school on Friday.

A joint venture of the government and Radio Pakistan, the radio school will help educate over eight million children across the country.

Pakistan to launch its first radio school

Announcing the launch on Friday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that the project was the first step in achieving Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to take education to the doorsteps of students in every corner of the country.

The educational programmes will go on air on various medium wave and Radio Pakistan FM networks from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. They will be repeated from 2pm to 4pm all through the week. Education minister Shafqat Mahmood said the project was designed in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to take education to the people’s doorsteps in every corner of the country, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This an important step as students have suffered a lot throughout this year due to the pandemic-induced school closures,” he said, adding that the RadioSchool will serve as a distance learning platform.

The minister said the government would also begin an education portal soon. He said as the Radio Pakistan covered the entire country, the children from Gilgit- to Gwadar would benefit from the RadioSchool, which would be available on mobile phones as well. In April, the federal government had launched the TeleSchool Channel telecasting educational programmes at PTV from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday for grades 1 to 12.

These programmes can also be accessed through the Internet and Mobile App.

Shafqat Mehmood said that the girls who do not have access to schools due to any reason would be major beneficiaries of this initiative of the government. “Our government is providing education to students especially the girls at their doorsteps aiming at to provide education to them.”

He said that last year the education ministry in collaboration with Pakistan Television launched Teleschool project from which around 8 million children were taking benefit on daily basis.

The initiative of Teleschool was started just in 15 days in order to save precious educational time of children in wake of Covid-19. However, those who do not have access to Teleschool, would now take benefit from Radio Schools project.

The aim of these steps, the minister said, is to take benefit from all available modern resources rather to focus only on one thing.

He also informed that we are going to launch e-Education Portal soon through which the programmes of Teleschool and Radioschools can be accessed through one click.

The Federal Education Ministry was making all-out efforts for the development of Distance Education System in the county and in that regard a wing had been established in the education ministry.

It is also introducing a policy regarding distance education soon, which will be a compulsory part of the National Education Policy, he mentioned.

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