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May 24, 2003

Government to give more attention to special people's education: Musharaff

From:, Pakistan - May 24, 2003

KARACHI, May 25 (Online): President General Pervez Musharaff has announced that the government would give more attention to special education in the country so that special people could be accommodated as an important and equally capable part of the society.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Dewa Complex, an institute for deaf children in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Saturday.

He said the special people, particularly special children were playing vital role in different fields in Pakistan and they could me made more productive for the society by giving them attention and opportunities.

"They should be taken as equally important as the normal people are for the society", the President said adding " Our little attention can make special people an invaluable asset to the country".

He asked the special students to keep their moral high, work hard, learn skills with dedication and become respectable and useful citizens of the society.

He said that parents of such students have to play a great role to provide them psychological protection and support for inculcating confidence in them.

Referring to the first batch of 18 graduates of the academy, General Musharaff directed the Sindh Chief Minister Sardar Ali Mohammed Mahar to provide jobs to all of them.

He asked the special students to look towards their extra qualities and right side of life and overcome their weakness with confidence and vigour.

Appreciating the performance of Dewa Academy, the President said he was extremely moved with what he had seen, and the sincerity and dedication of the people who were running this academy would be a motivational force for him.

He said he was committed to help the institutions working for betterment of the society. He appealed to the philanthropists to come forward and join hands with such institutions so that they could help special students in getting education and training.

Referring to the demand made by the founding chairman of Dewa Academy, Munir Lodhi in his welcome address regarding award of university status to the academy, the President asked the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad to initiate process for the same. He assured he would extend his full cooperation for providing Dewa Academy university status.

Chairman Dewa Academy, Munir Lodhi, Patron-in-Chief, Dr Shujjat Ali and Member National Assembly, Begum Gohar Ayub Khan also addressed the ceremony.

The President announced a grant of Rs 10 million for the academy.


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