Lahore, Pakistan (CU)_ British High Commissioner Christian Turner and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz met in Lahore and pledged to maintain collaboration in the education, health, and other social sectors in the Punjab administration. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif stated that Pakistan and the United Kingdom are vital partners on the path to progress and prosperity, praising the British involvement in Punjab for the betterment of several industries. According to the Prime Minister, his goal is to make Pakistan an enlightened and developed nation.
Earlier, British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner and British Council Country Director Amir Ramazan met with Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain in his office and discussed the current educational cooperation between the two nations, including the flagship higher education programme ‘Pak-UK Education Gateway’, FCDO’s technical assistance for the formulation of the national curriculum, and partnerships for teacher trainings.
In addition, they discussed British Council assistance in establishing interconnected classrooms, re-enrolling 5,000 out-of-school students, and developing links between the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission and the industry, TVET (technical and vocational education and training) sector and apprenticeship programme.
The education minister lauded the United Kingdom’s assistance for Pakistan and stated that Pakistanis felt quite friendly with British people and viewed the United Kingdom as their second home. He stated that the ministry will further develop educational relations with the United Kingdom in all sectors.
In response to an official invitation from the British high commissioner to attend the World Education Forum in the United Kingdom in 2022, Rana Tanveer Hussain expressed delight and stated that he would use this chance to exhibit the Pakistan Education system and its values at the world’s largest gathering of Education and skill ministers. According to the British high commissioner, his country desires to cooperate as closely as possible with Pakistan. Both parties agreed to strengthen the educational alliance.